Cyber attack fails to derail Deutsche Bahn

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BERLIN — German state railroad Deutsche Bahn became one of Europe’s largest and most prominent victims of the global ransomware attack on Internet users May 12. The Berlin-based railroad was quick to reassure passengers that the attack presented no danger to trains or safety.

Instead, the railroad’s passenger information displays and some ticket machines were affected. Spokesperson Lutz Müller said: “Our train services have not been affected by the ransomware at any time. There were no problems with trains at all. There have not been any security risks for our passengers and staff.

“Because of the virus, some of the large displays at our stations were out of order throughout the country. Most of the displays in our 5,400 stations worked properly. Some of our ticket machines were malfunctioning but the problems there have been solved. We have extra staff in many of the affected stations and additionally are informing our customers with announcements.”

Passengers saw the ransomware demand for money appearing on platform information screens. DB expects to take a few days to affect a repair to their passenger information IT systems.

The railroad directed its passengers over the weekend to its app DB Navigator which was not affected by the ransomware. The railroad’s website and customer service lines were also not affected.

Deutsche Bahn became the hackers' latest high profile victim when tools widely believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency were used by cyber criminals to trick victims into opening malicious malware attachments.

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