Danish company lost over half a million kroner in hacker attack

Danish firm Demant, which produces the Oticon brand of hearing aids, lost over 500,000 kroner in a cyber attack earlier this month.

Danish company lost over half a million kroner in hacker attack
Demant's head office in Copenhagen. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Ritzau Scanpix

The company, which was formerly known as William Demant, said in a press statement that it expected losses from the incident to run up to 550-650 million kroner.

On September 3rd, the company’s servers were hit by the attack, causing issues with production and distribution of Oticon hearing aids.

Markets in the United States – the company’s largest – as well as Australia, Canada and the UK were affected.

The company is one of Denmark’s largest and has a turnover of around 14 billion kroner. It employs some 14,000 staff.

Work to restore normal operation is ongoing and expected to be completed in 2-3 weeks.

“Cyber crime has has a significant impact on our ability to create the growth we expected in the second half of the year,” the company’s CEO Søren Nielsen said.

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Denmark’s rail ticket system targeted in digital attack

National rail operator DSB suffered an outage to its ticketing system on Sunday night after an apparent cyber-attack on the online platform.

Denmark’s rail ticket system targeted in digital attack
File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The system was operating normally again by Monday morning, DSB’s press service confirmed.

The issue impacted online ticketing platforms, machines at stations and staffed ticket desks, although the Rejsekort travel card could still be used on train journeys.

Normal operation was resumed by around midnight.

A DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack is thought to be responsible for the problem. Such attacks bring online platforms down bring placing high demands on them until they are unable to function.

Who or what was responsible for the attack remains unknown, but the press office said it was certain to have come from outside DSB’s own system.

The national rail operator has been the target of hacking attacks before.

In May 2018, a similar issue prevented travellers across the country from purchasing tickets.

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