GfK GeoMarketing’s CRESTA map illegally accessed

GfK GeoMarketing’s CRESTA map illegally accessed

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Germany: GfK GeoMarketing has asked that anyone who receives or has recently received a suspicious offer of current CRESTA zones for Germany, China, Japan, Mexico or Australia contact them immediately. CRESTA stands for Catastrophe Risk Evaluation and Standardizing Target Accumulations. Recently, the company’s CRESTA maps have been illegally accessed and a police complain has been filed against the perpetrator for fraud and theft. The company is offering a reward of EUR 10,000 for information leading to a conviction.

These maps would be very difficult or even impossible to reproduce by another provider within a short span of time and in a comparable quality.

Wolfram Scholz, CEO of GfK GeoMarketing, said, “As far as we know, the data were accessed from a location in the Greater London area. The responsible person has significant knowledge of the CRESTA zones as well as the players in the reinsurance industry. We anticipate that the culprit will attempt to sell these maps or may indeed already have done so in recent weeks.”

“This brazen criminal act will not be tolerated by GfK GeoMarketing. Our data are protected by intellectual property rights and copyright regulations – any reselling or purchasing of the data violates our rights. The entire branch suffers when mutual trust is compromised in this way. We therefore kindly ask market participants to contact us if they are or have been approached with a suspicious offer. Law enforcement personnel can check the legality of the maps with the assistance of external experts. Our maps have special cartographic features and attributes that can be used to trace their origin,” continued Scholz.

Source: Gfk GeoMarketing