Electronics retail giant MediaMarkt hit by ransomware attack


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Electronics retail giant MediaMarkt has suffered a ransomware attack causing IT systems to shut down and store operations to be disrupted in Netherlands and Germany.

MediaMarkt is Europe's largest consumer electronics retailer with over 1,000 stores in 13 countries. MediaMarkt employs approximately 53,000 employees and has a total sales of €20.8 billion.
BleepingComputer has learned that the attack has affected numerous retail stores throughout Europe, primarily those in the Netherlands.

While online sales continue to function as expected, cash registers cannot accept credit cards or print receipts at affected stores. The systems outage is also preventing returns due to the inability to lookup previous purchases.

Local media reports that internal MediaMarkt communications tell employees to avoid encrypted systems and disconnect cash registers from the network.