Adidas websites hacked

Unknown hackers rendered the German websites of athletic apparel company Adidas inoperable the entire weekend.

Adidas websites hacked
Photo: DPA

According to the Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) newspaper on Monday, the attacks started last Thursday and targeted key sites, including and, although its US-facing online store was spared because it is hosted on a different computer. The company promised customers will be compensated with a future 10 percent discount, the newspaper reported.

By Monday, the German shopping site was reachable although some pages appeared to still be down. A statement on the website cited “technical difficulties” for the problems.

A company spokesman told the FTD that the company was the victim of “criminal cyber attacks” and added it was working with authorities and launching its own investigation.

The company didn’t say how many customers were affected, but said they took the sites offline to ensure their data had not been compromised.

There have been warnings of serious hacker attacks on Germany’s private sector for quite some time. Last July, the Federal Office of Civil Protection (BKK) said hackers could attempt to penetrate soft civilian targets. They have already extensively targeted government computers.

Adidas executives were upbeat last week when the company said it would beat profit expectations for this year. It’s third quarter net income rose 14 percent to €303 million.

The Local/mdm

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

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