Oiltanking and Mabanaft hit by cyberattack

Oiltanking and Mabanaft in Germany, both subsidiaries of Marquard and Bahls, have announced they have been hit by a cyberattack affecting their IT systems.

Terminals in Germany are operated by Oiltanking Deutschland, an operation unit of Mabanaft, and are currently operating with limited capacity and have declared force majeure. Terminals operated by the main Oiltanking Group globally continue to operate. Mabanaft Deutschland has also declared force majeure for most of its inland supply activities in Germany. The companies are working to restore normal operations.

The attack was discovered on 29 January 2022. Oiltanking and Mabanaft say they ‘immediately’ took steps to enhance their security systems and launched an investigation into the attack. They have released no further information due to the ongoing investigation.

German business newspaper Handelsblatt reports that Oiltanking’s loading and unloading systems have been paralysed by the attack, while Reuters reports that Shell is rerouting supplies to other depots.

(Source: Tank Storage Magazine)

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