SWITZERLAND: Stadler’s IT network has been the subject to a malware attack which has ‘most likely’ led to a data leak, the rolling stock manufacturer said on May 7.

It assumes the incident was ‘a professional attack from unknown offenders’, with the motive to ‘extort a large amount of money and threaten the company with a potential publication of data to harm Stadler and thereby also its employees’.

The attack was detected by internal surveillance services. Stadler then initiated security actions, and called in a team of external experts and the relevant authorities. A detailed investigation is ongoing.

The company said its backups were complete and functioning, all affected systems were being rebooted, and ‘in spite of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus and the cyber-attack, Stadler is able to continue the production of new trains and its services.’