Recently, Volkswagen (VW) manufacturing operations in Germany experienced a significant disruption due to a cyberattack targeting its IT infrastructure. There are suspicions that the attack was carried out by proactive Russian hackers, potentially in response to Germany’s support for Ukraine and reduced reliance on oil and energy exports. This incident has raised concerns about the possibility of a future Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
The cyberattack had a noticeable impact on car production at VW factories in Osnabruck, Zwickau, Dresden, and Emden, according to the business publication Handelsblatt. However, Volkswagen, known for its robust business continuity planning, is expected to recover from the incident within hours.
Not only did the cyberattack affect Volkswagen, but it also disrupted the email services of its subsidiary, Audi. This incident is reminiscent of a data breach that Volkswagen experienced in 2021, where hackers stole data from three million consumers. Additionally, a few months prior to the cyberattack, Level One Robotics, a supplier to Volkswagen, suffered a digital assault that exposed sensitive information about the victim and other automakers.
It is worth noting that Volkswagen has not officially confirmed the cyberattack. According to a Twitter update, the tech disruption may have been caused by an IT outage resulting from a potential misconfiguration error.