Vopak, a tank storage company known for its storage of fossil fuels, has become a victim of a ransomware attack resulting in the theft of critical business information.
According to various groups monitoring hacker activities, the attack resulted in the theft of information about the company’s tank infrastructure and systems.
Vopak, which has been in operation since 1616 and is listed on the stock exchange, operates terminals in Rotterdam’s port and the Eemshaven in Groningen, as well as having a global presence in numerous countries.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software used by hackers to block company systems. If the companies refuse to pay, the systems remain blocked, or the stolen information is sold or made public.
This week, the KNVB football association was also revealed to have been a victim of a similar attack.
As of Friday evening, Vopak was not available for comment on the attack. The company’s attack is the latest in a series of cyberattacks that have affected various companies worldwide.