BERLIN (AP) — German chemicals company Bayer says it detected and averted a cyberattack last year by a hacking group that’s been traced to China.
In a statement Thursday, Bayer said its in-house cybersecurity team found signs of malicious software associated with the group Winnti on company systems in early 2018.
The Leverkusen-based company said there were “no signs of data outflow” and the affected IT systems have since been cleaned. It said prosecutors in nearby Cologne have opened an investigation.
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German public broadcasters Bayerischer Rundfunk and NDR reported that the malicious software was previously discovered on systems belonging to steel and engineering company Thyssenkrupp in 2016.
A 2013 report by security researchers at Kaspersky Lab claimed Winnti “has Chinese origins.”
German officials have in the past warned of industrial espionage from China.
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