Baden-Württemberg: SPD calls for better cyber defense after the attack on Schriesheim

Schriesheim (dpa/lsw) - Hackers are said to have tapped 170 gigabytes of data in the attack on the administration of the city of Schriesheim (Rhein-Neckar district) at the beginning of May.

Baden-Württemberg: SPD calls for better cyber defense after the attack on Schriesheim

Schriesheim (dpa/lsw) - Hackers are said to have tapped 170 gigabytes of data in the attack on the administration of the city of Schriesheim (Rhein-Neckar district) at the beginning of May. At least this is the number given by the Ministry of the Interior, citing the unknown perpetrators in an answer to a request from the SPD in the state parliament. "There are no final results on the actual extent and its characteristics." The spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group for digital life and digitization, Jonas Hoffmann, said on Tuesday that the cyber attack shows "that the state government is not well positioned when it comes to the cyber security of municipal authorities and companies".

More than a month ago, strangers had gained access to the city's IT system, encrypted servers and then asked the municipality to contact them. The city had not complied with this after consultations with the Mannheim Criminal Police Office and the Baden-Württemberg Cyber ​​Security Agency (CSBW). There was no explicit ransom demand. After the deadline, mainly internal papers were posted on the dark web. But there were also personal listings and documents among them.

SPD politician Hoffmann called for the cyber security architecture in Baden-Württemberg to be improved immediately. The CSBW, founded last year, does not have enough resources for the increasing number of cyber attacks on authorities and companies in the country. "In particular, it also has problems recruiting IT professionals," he said. "Since the attackers are increasingly targeting the critical infrastructure, the state government urgently needs to invest more in the area of ​​cyber security!"

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