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Cyber-Attack on Bayer Shows No Signs of Data Theft

April 04, 2019 / Kacy Zurku

As accusations of nation-state attacks from the Chinese government are becoming more prevalent, Bayer, Germany’s largest drugmaker, announced that it has managed to contain what appears to have been a cyber-attack from China, according to Reuters. The attack, which was initially reported by German broadcasters BR and NDR resembles the work of Wicked Panda, a prominent Chinese hacking group that used the Winnti malware.  “Our Cyber Defense Center detected indications of Winnti infections at the beginning of 2018 and initiated comprehensive analyses. There is no evidence of data outflow. Our experts at the Cyber Defense Center have identified, analyzed and cleaned up the affected systems, working in close collaboration with the German Cyber Security Organization (DCSO) and the State Criminal Police Office of North Rhine–Westphalia. Investigations of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Cologne are ongoing,” a Bayer spokesperson wrote in an email.