Two oil storage and supply companies hit by cyber attacks

Berlin — Two companies involved in the storage and supply of oil and other materials said Tuesday that they had been hit by a cyberattack that affected their business in Germany.

On Saturday, the Oiltanking GmbH Group and Mabanaft Group discovered what they called “cyber incidents affecting IT systems” and began investigating with outside experts, the companies said in an email statement. They did not elaborate on the nature of the case or the address of the person responsible, but said they were working to understand its “whole range.”

They said the Oiltanking GmbH Group, which operates oil, gas and chemical storage tank terminals, still operates all terminals in all global markets. However, the facility of Oiltanking Deutschland GmbH, which operates all terminals in Germany and is part of Mabanaft, is “operated with limited capacity”.

The German branch of Mavanaft “has also declared unavoidable for most of the inland supply activities in Germany,” the statement said. The company is an importer, wholesaler and supplier of kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other petroleum products.

The two companies said they are working “to get all terminals back to normal as soon as possible.”

Associated Press