The federal platform Easygov was the victim of a cyber attack. The hackers stole a list of 130,000 company names.
the essentials in brief
- The Easygov website was victim of a cyber attack.
- The hackers stole applications for corona loans from the federal platform.
- 130,000 company names are on the stolen list.
Hackers have succeeded in stealing a list of the names of up to 130,000 companies. These are companies that applied for a Covid 19 loan via the Easygov federal platform in 2020. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) announced on Thursday.
Other data such as the amount of the loan application, the bank details or information about contact persons did not fall into the hands of the hackers. At least according to the current knowledge, as it says in the message.
Cyber attack already occurred in August
According to the information, the cyber attack already occurred in August. A list with the names of up to 130,000 companies was allegedly stolen. They applied for a Covid-19 loan at the height of the pandemic-related economic crisis. According to the federal government, those companies that have already repaid the loan in full are not affected.
As the operator of Easygov, Seco took immediate action and initiated an investigation, writes the federal government. The attacked web interface was closed within a few minutes. The viewed data have been removed from the server and the process used on Easygov has been completely deactivated. According to Seco, this is the first hacker attack on the platform since it was launched at the end of 2017.
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