17 May 2023

Electronics maker Lacroix shuts down three factories after cyberattack


Electronics maker Lacroix shuts down three factories after cyberattack

Global consumer electronic equipment manufacturer Lacroix temporarily closed three factories after it “intercepted” a cyberattack over the weekend.

Lacroix designs and produces electronic equipment for the automotive, home automation, aerospace, industrial and health sectors, as well as connected equipment for the management of critical infrastructures.

The company said in a press release that it blocked an attack on its French (Beaupréau), German (Willich) and Tunisian (Zriba) sites during the night of May 12 to May 13.

While Lacroix did not reveal the exact nature of the incident, it admitted that “some local infrastructures have been encrypted” and “an analysis is also being carried out to identify any exfiltrated data.”

“The time needed to carry out these actions and to use the backups to restart should take a few days, which is why the 3 sites are closed for the week. Even if it is still too early to know exactly when production will resume, LACROIX is aiming for a reopening on Monday May 22nd,” the vendor said.

While the company notes that the affected sites represented 19% of the group’s total sales in 2022, it doesn’t expect the attack to impact its yearly results.

Last week, Swiss multinational tech firm ABB suffered a Black Basta ransomware attack that impacted the company’s Windows Active Directory, affecting hundreds of devices and the company’s operations.


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