Cyberattack on DIPF: Review and current status

Cyberattack on DIPF: Review and current status
@Christina Morillo -

Since the cyberattack on DIPF in October, quite a bit has been achieved on the way back to normal.

Despite all security precautions, DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education was the victim of a cyberattack (Double Extortion Ransomware attack) in early October 2022. The Hessian Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and the relevant investigative authorities were informed. The extent of the damage is still being analyzed by our experts. At the same time, the reconstruction of the IT infrastructure is already in full swing. Unfortunately, we are not yet able to provide all DIPF services in the usual way. We ask for your patience and understanding.

As expected from this type of attack, the attackers have published a manageable amount of DIPF data. DIPF has already filed criminal charges for all crimes committed in connection with the cyber attack. However, it cannot be ruled out that this also includes data of cooperation partners. You should therefore be particularly vigilant. At this point, we ask for your indulgence for any additional work and inconvenience.

DIPF staff at the Berlin and Frankfurt offices can be reached again at the usual DIPF telephone numbers and via new personal e-mail addresses. Messages to the original e-mail addresses will be forwarded to the new ones. Non-personalized project mailboxes are not yet working at this time, but will be re-established as soon as possible.