At the Fendt factory in Marktoberdorf, production comes to a standstill after a hacker attack.

A hacker attack has been carried out on the tractor manufacturer Fendt. Production in Marktoberdorf comes to a standstill.

Marktoberdorf – After a hacker attack, the assembly lines at the headquarters of the tractor manufacturer Fendt in the Allgäu come to a standstill.

At the Fendt factory in Marktoberdorf, production comes to a standstill after a hacker attack. © Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa

According to dpa information on Monday, work at the plant in Marktoberdorf in the Ostallgäu district was suspended as a result of a cyber attack at the beginning of the week. A company spokeswoman referred to Fendt’s US parent company AGCO for information.

AGCO announced on Friday that Thursday’s attack with a type of blackmail software affected several production sites – without giving any further details. The group assumes that operations will be affected for several days.

According to the company, Fendt employs around 4,300 people in Marktoberdorf. Other plants are in Wolfenbüttel in Lower Saxony, Hohenmölsen (Saxony-Anhalt), Feucht, Asbach-Bäumenheim and Waldstetten (all in Bavaria). Several media had reported on the production stop in Marktoberdorf.

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Fendt belongs to the US group AGCO, one of the largest manufacturers of agricultural machinery in the world. The group does not disclose detailed business figures for the German subsidiary.

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