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Semikron in hacker attack


Professional hacker group targets German power chip manufacturer

Semikron, a large German-based manufacturer of silicon and SiC power modules and systems, has become a victim of a cyber-attack by a professional hacker group.

The attack led to a partial encryption of the company's IT systems and files, and the perpetrators claim to have stolen data.

In a press statement the company said: "Whether this is the case and which data are concerned is currently subject to investigation. The competent authorities for the Semikron Group headquarters have been informed. As soon as more detailed information about a possible data leak is available, the affected customers and partners will be informed.

"We immediately initiated all necessary measures to limit possible damage. With the support of external cyber security and forensic experts, we are investigating the incident. At the same time, we are working to restore the ability to work in order to minimise the disruption to our employees, customers and partners and to ensure the security of our IT systems as best as possible. In addition, we are supported by the responsible authorities in the investigation and coordination of further measures."

Semikron has eight production sites around the world, 24 operating companies and 3,000 employees. The company had a turnover of nearly €453 million in 2020.

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