Major cyberattack disrupts production at large German battery factories; Explosion, blackout, derailment hit different US rail networks


Germany-based battery manufacturer Varta revealed on February 13 that production at five of its plants had been disrupted as a result of a cyberattack.

The attack was detected on February 12 and forced the company to shut down IT systems and disconnect them from the internet, which caused disruption to production, as well as to administrative processes.

“The extent of the actual damage cannot be determined at this time,” Varta said. “In accordance with the emergency plan for such situations, the necessary precautionary measures were implemented immediately.”

“Additionally, a task force was set up instantly to restore normal operations as quickly as possible and deal with the incident with the support of cyber security experts and data forensics specialists,” it added.

Varta manufactures batteries for the automotive, consumer, and industrial sectors. The company is present in 45 countries and regions around the world, and has production facilities in Germany, China, Romania and Indonesia.

Varta representatives told German media that the production sites impacted by the cyberattack are in Germany, Romania and Indonesia. Production was still reportedly halted on February 14 and the company could not estimate when it may resume.

The company’s brief description of the incident suggests that it could be a ransomware attack. No known ransomware group appears to have taken credit for the attack on Varta, but victims are typically named only after negotiations have stalled or failed.


Explosion, blackout, derailment hit different US rail networks

The following reports are particularly notable due to their similarity with the soaring number of explosions and fires around the world, and more so because they happened within just the last few days:

Power outage hits Boston transit system during morning rush hour

“The outage at North Station was unexpected, and it is one of the MBTA’s primary power feeds,” the MBTA said in a statement.

“As a safety precaution, protective systems opened related circuit breakers, temporarily discontinuing power flow. We apologize for the inconvenience and disruption during the morning commute.”

Explosion causes smoke to fill Washington DC’s Eastern market station

9 patients evaluated for injuries in scary incident just 1.5 miles from White House. As of now, officials believe that an insulator under a railcar had caught fire.

Gas tanker train derails in New Jersey

Tanker train derails in N.J. No spills or injuries reported. None of the tankers leaked following the derailment on the Conrail Garden State Secondary line. The cause of the derailment is being investigated.


Iceland tyre fire

Meanwhile over in Iceland, there was a huge fire and multiple explosons at a tyre workshop…

“There were a lot of explosions here earlier and we didn’t know exactly what was going on.

People were gathering at the premises, so we wanted to close it down,” said Friðjón Ingi, commissioner of the Police yesterday.

He said he did not know what caused the explosions but said they did not go far beyond the building.

Here’s another one I reported about a few days ago: River of coal in California

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