Volkswagen Restarts Production Following a Major IT Outage

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Volkswagen Restarts Production Following a Major IT Outage
Volkswagen Restarts Production Following a Major IT Outage

The IT infrastructure problems in the Volkswagen network were resolved during the course of the night, and the network is stable again.

Volkswagen announced on Thursday that a significant IT disruption that had forced the shutdown of most of its German plants was successfully repaired overnight and that its global production network was once again operational.

The event, which VW claimed started on Wednesday at 10:30 GMT and was made public late that day, had an effect on the whole Volkswagen group, which consists of the Porsche AG brand and Audi, and it exposed the shortcomings of the network infrastructure at Europe’s largest automaker.

Without elaborating on the magnitude or origin of this incident, Volkswagen stated that “the IT infrastructure problems in the Volkswagen network were resolved during the course of the night, and the network is stable again.”

It stated that the affected services are being restarted right now. The global production network is operational, and production will likely continue as planned.

Furthermore, individual systems may be interrupted during a transitional period. The event comes just a month after a production system failure suspended domestic operations at Toyota, the world’s largest manufacturer.

Volkswagen’s German plants at Wolfsburg, Emden, Osnabrueck, Hanover, Dresden, and Zwickau were also impaired, as were the component factories in Braunschweig, Kassel, Chemnitz, and Salzgitter.

“There are still no indications that the disruption was caused by external influences,” Volkswagen claimed.

The event sheds light on the safety of infrastructure at Germany’s largest enterprises and garnered comments from Transport Minister Volker Wissing, who advocated for improved protection.

“We need functional safety systems here,” Wissing told newsreader RTL/n-tv. “It must be clear to everyone that digital infrastructure is critical infrastructure.”

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