Last Wednesday, the Berlin based online food delivery startup Delivery Hero and its German platform Lieferheld had a police raid on their office. Spiegel Online reported, that there are investigations on the management team of Delivery Hero’s platform Lieferheld.de on suspicion of computer sabotage.
Lieferheld is accused of repeated Internet attacks (DDoS-attacks) against its competitor Lieferando. These attacks may have led to several downtimes of the Lieferando website. Lieferheld’s competitor said this caused a damage worth “at least 75,000 Euros”. Lieferando’s CEO stated that his team had analyzed the attacking addresses after a serious attack in December of 2011. One of these addresses pointed directly to a server which was rented by Lieferheld.
Lieferheld’s CEO Fabian Siegel called these allegations “totally absurd”. He stated: “I’m not so stupid to make myself liable to prosecution for a possible disadvantage of a smaller competitor.”
In addition, Fabian Siegel explained what it might have been that Lieferando saw during its analysis: A Lieferheld crawler that automatically checks whether the figures about affiliated restaurants reported by Lieferando were true. According to Siegel, this is quite common in the industry. He then said: “If this leads to a collapse of Lieferando’s systems, they don’t have their technology under control.”
Lieferando will now proceed civilly against Lieferheld and aims for a compensation “in the low seven figures.” We’ll keep you updated…