Has become a victim of a hacker attack
In December 2020, it was the Weinig Group, now it has also hit the Ima Schelling Group on the long Easter weekend: Several online portals, including the “Neue Westfälische” and the “Vorarlberger Nachrichten”, in whose publication areas the two Ima Schelling locations Lübbecke and Schwarzach are located, report unanimously about a hacker attack on the successful machine builder. The “Vorarlberger Nachrichten” writes today: “Hackers attacked the Ima Schelling Group, located in Schwarzach, on Good Friday. The company reacted immediately to protect existing data, the plant manufacturer announced. IT systems were taken offline, shut down for security reasons and the relevant data protection authorities were informed. According to the company, the current situation prevents full-scale operation, as many systems are not yet functional. Temporary short-time work was announced at short notice at the headquarters in the eastern Westphalian town of Lübbecke. The exact effects were not initially foreseeable.” The “Neue Westfälische” also describes it as a targeted and professional hacker attack, despite the highest possible IT security standards. The company also provides information about the attack directly on its homepage on the Internet: “Ima Schelling has the highest possible IT security standards and we are working at full speed to clarify the incident as quickly as possible. We have set up a crisis team with professional, internal as well as external support to resolve the disruptions as quickly as possible. We regret that there are currently delays in communication and interaction.”
“Unfortunately, the disruptions may continue for a few more days. We will, after conscientious testing, gradually put our IT infrastructure back into operation. The fact that we have already been able to achieve initial success in getting our systems up and running is thanks to the outstanding performance and commitment of all the employees involved, as well as our crisis team, who have been in continuous operation since Friday. We regret that our customers have to put up with disruptions as a result of this attack. We are doing everything we can to limit any inconvenience,” says CFO Maximilian Lehner.