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Cyberattack on Hawa Sliding Solutions 

On the last weekend in April, the IT department at Hawa Sliding Solutions AG fell victim to a cyberattack. According to current knowledge, the attack was aimed at the company’s internal systems, which are used for order processing, production, and distribution.

This attack appears to be part of a series of criminal operations targeted at small and medium-sized businesses and industry in recent weeks and months.

As soon as the attack became known, an extensive package of measures was launched immediately. At the same time, all systems were shut down and disconnected from the network with the involvement of external specialists and an internal crisis management team to ensure the safety of employees as well as all customers and external partners.

“Our employees responded outstandingly to this challenge. Everyone made their contribution to help overcome the situation, for which I would like to thank them on behalf of the management and the Board of Directors,” says Ezequiel Di Claudio, CEO of Hawa Sliding Solutions AG.

An emergency program is currently running, comprehensively and continuously analyzing, evaluating, and resolving the situation. As far as possible, employees were asked to carry out their tasks from their home office. Customers and suppliers were informed if orders were directly affected.  As soon as we can give a firm date for the start of smooth and secure operation of our systems, we will provide further information. We are working relentlessly to relaunch our systems and will do everything we can to be able to use them safely and reliably in the future. We will update you regularly about the progress of our work.

“The criminal energy and creativity of hackers seems unlimited. No matter how many security systems you set up, there is no such thing as 100% protection against attacks of this kind. However, you can act professionally and confidently if such a case arises. That’s what we did.”, explains Robert Berlinger, who is responsible for Corporate Services as a Member of the Management Board.

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