22 November 2021

World's largest wind turbine maker hit by a cyberattack


World's largest wind turbine maker hit by a cyberattack

Vestas Wind Systems, a Danish manufacturer of wind turbines, has suffered a security incident that forced the company to shut down IT systems across several locations.

Vestas Wind Systems is currently the world's largest wind turbine maker, representing over 16% of the world wind turbine market. The company operates manufacturing plants in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, India, Italy, Romania, the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Australia, China, Brazil, Poland and the U.S.

In a brief statement posted on its website on Saturday, the company said that the incident took place on November 19, 2021.

“Vestas has on 19 November 2021 been impacted by a cyber security incident. To contain the issue, IT systems are shut down across multiple business units and locations,” the manufacturer said.

In an update provided on Monday Vestas revealed that the cyberattack affected parts of the company’s internal IT infrastructure and that data has been compromised.

“There is no indication that the incident has impacted third party operations, including customer and supply chain operations. Vestas’ manufacturing, construction and service teams have been able to continue operations, although several operational IT systems have been shut down as a precaution. Vestas has already initiated a gradual and controlled reopening of all IT systems,” the company said.

Vestas did not disclose the nature of the cyberattack, or what data was compromised. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

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