Hackers hit Vesuvius, UK engineering company shuts down affected systems • Graham Cluley

Hackers hit Vesuvius, British engineering firm shuts down affected systems

Vesuvius, the London Stock Exchange-listed molten metal engineering company, says it has been hit by a cyber attack.

This morning, Vesuvius issued a warning that it was “currently managing a cyber incident.”

Vesuvius plc, a global leader in flow engineering and molten metal technology, is currently dealing with a cyber incident. The incident involved unauthorized access to our systems.

Immediately after becoming aware of unauthorized activity on our network, we took the necessary steps to investigate and respond to the incident, including shutting down affected systems. We work with leading cybersecurity experts to support our investigations and identify the scope of the issue, including the impact on production and contract fulfillment.

We are taking steps to comply with all relevant regulatory obligations in light of the information emerging from our ongoing investigations.

For now, details are sparse. There is no indication yet of the extent of the problem or which IT systems may have been affected by the attack at the company, which manufactures ceramics for the steel industry.

There is also no description of the nature of the attack (although no one would be surprised if it turned out to be ransomware) and whether the company has received any kind of communication from its attackers.

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The attack against Vesuvius is the latest in a series of ransomware attacks that have affected British organizations in recent months, including Royal Mail.

Shares in Vesuvius, which employs more than 10,000 people, fell 3.8% in early trading.

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Graham Cluley is an antivirus industry veteran who has worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s, when he wrote the first ever version of Dr. Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly appears in the media and is an international public speaker on the subject of computer security, hackers and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluleyon Mastodon on @[email protected]or send him an email.

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