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Two companies owned by Hamburg-based company fuel group Marquard & Bahls are battling cyberattackers, with loading and unloading systems at the German arm of petrol tank terminal provider Oiltanking affected. HAMBURG – OCT 31: Oiltanking Tank Farm. October 31, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. Oiltanking is a operator of tank …

  1. Scott Broukell

    It's been said here before, but . . .

    Is it really too much to ask, or even demand, that such companies (e.g. rather important infrastructure etc.), "took steps to enhance the security of our systems and processes" BEFORE such fecking attacks take place! I mean let's face it for several decades ahead global powers are going to be increasingly slugging it out in this manner!

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: It's been said here before, but . . .

      That's what I was thinking too. Declaring "force majeure", when they don't yet know if it could have been defended against if only they'd paid more than lip service to security. It may well turn out that they did do all reasonably possible, but I find that in almost every case of security intrusion reported, they missed some "best practice" solutions.

  2. Korev Silver badge

    Sounds expensive...

    They might have to Shell out a lot

    1. TaabuTheCat

      Re: Sounds expensive...

      "Sounds expensive..."

      Silly rabbit, they declared "force majeure", the universal get-out-of-jail-free card baked into every contract. "All beyond our control gov, honest."

      1. EnviableOne

        Re: Sounds expensive...

        BT dont bother with the French they mumble something along the lines of MBORC (I think it means Matters beyond our reasonable control) but sounds to close to My bad to me...

    2. Gene Cash Silver badge

      Re: Sounds expensive...

      I know that's a joke, but I do hope it is expensive, and the insurance companies don't bail them out. It's the only way they'll learn to spend money on security.

      I'll bet there were folk that said "don't connect this to the internet" and they were overruled by management that wanted the convenience.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Air Gap dickheads. It's not something to be connected to the internet. This isn't hard.

  4. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge

    If it was news over here

    Here being dear old blighty, the shell petrol stations would have been emptied by panic buying within 15 minutes...

    "Connect it to the internet... it will be cheaper"

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: If it was news over here

      The BBC were reporting this before El Reg.

  5. FlamingDeath Silver badge

    Someone didn't send weapons to Ukraine, then this happens.

  6. Winkypop Silver badge

    Well, let’s just hope

    They have the Bahls to cope with this

  7. GBH

    Vulnerable digital age

    This only is another example how vulnerable our infrastructure and logistics are and if anything goes wrong, all goes down. So while I am a part and workingin this IT industry as well, I am a big fan of, while automating everything, still always plan for a backup (manual, "analog") procedure to run basic tasks if systems fail.

  8. EnviableOne

    repeat after me

    SCADA Equipment MUST NOT be connected to the Internet


    "Cyberattack" sounds like the usual excuse

    The truth:

    "We are working in a M$ monoculture; we neglected our preventive IT scurity; a staffer opened a SPAM AND opened the attachment AND allowed macros."


    Instead of the common "attack" by SPAM it may have been an attack against the known weaknesses of the M$ Exchange Server, automated as well.

  10. Daniel Gould


    Restrict fuel supplies in Europe just prior to a Russian invasion move?

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