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ABB reveals it has been victim of ransomware attack
Published:  25 May, 2023

ABB, the Swiss-headquartered automation and electrification giant, has released a statement revealing that an unauthorised third-party recently accessed some of its systems, “deployed a type of ransomware that is not self-propagating, and exfiltrated certain data”.

After it “became aware of an IT security incident that impacted certain ABB systems,” it started an investigation, retained leading experts, notified certain law enforcement and data protection authorities, and implemented measures to contain and assess the incident. “The incident has now been successfully contained,” it adds.

“All of ABB’s key services and systems are up and running, all factories are operating, and the company continues to serve its customers,” the statement says. The company is continuing to restore any remaining impacted services and systems and is further enhancing the security of its systems.

ABB is working to identify and analyse the nature and scope of affected data and is assessing its notification obligations. It says it will communicate with affected parties where necessary – including, for example, specific customers, suppliers, and/or individuals where personally identifiable information was affected.

ABB states that is “in the early stages of its investigation of the incident and will continue to assess the extent of its impact”. The company “remains focused on working diligently with law enforcement, its customers, suppliers, partners, and advisors to resolve this situation and minimise its impact”.

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