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Celerity Cyber Attack Weekly Round Up

New Year, New Attacks - 2019 - Week 1

28/12/2018 -US Newspapers hit by Cyber-Attack
A number of US newspapers suffered major printing and delivery disruptions following a cyber-attack believed to have come from outside the US. Some of the publishers effected from the attack included The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune with an anonymous source noting "We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information".

03/01/2019 – ‘God’ hacks The Bundestag
German Parliament was hit with a cyber-attack which leaked personal and political information of German politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel. The leaked information included personal email addresses, mobile numbers, direct debit authorisations and chats with family member. Although found on the 3rd, the leak has been ongoing for the last 2 weeks, having been released by a twitter user called ‘God’. It is reported that celebrities and musicians were also targeted whilst the only party not effected by the leak was the far right party AfD. This isn’t the first cyber-attack on German lawmakers and we're sure it won’t be the last.

03/01/2019 – Dublin Tram System Hacked
Hackers were able to take down Dublin’s tram operator’s website ( and potentially stole more than 3,000 user’s information who signed up for their newsletter. The website was defaced and left with a message demanding a ransom of 1 bitcoin (€3,300). However, the website is currently offline whilst LUAS works to restore the site.

We will be back next week with another round up of cyber-attacks.

Stay safe!

David Taylor

Written by David Taylor

David is a Digital Marketing Executive at Celerity and drives their digital activity including campaigns, website, blog writing and social media. He has a passion for digital marketing and all things tech - especially in cyber security.