What is the issue?
ASCO, one of the largest airplane parts manufacturer, suffered a ransomware attack crippling production in factories across four countries.
On June 7, 2019, ASCO factory in Zaventem, Belgium was hit by a ransomware infection causing major downtime as most of the plant’s IT systems were infected.
“We have submitted an application for recognition of temporary unemployment due to force majeure,” Vicky Welvaert, HR director at ASCO said.
The airplane parts manufacturer’s some of the primary clients include Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, and Lockheed Martin.
What actions were taken?
“We have informed all competent authorities in this area of this cyber attack and have engaged external experts to solve the problem. We are currently working hard and hard at it,” Welvaert added.
However, details related to the name of the ransomware and the recovery steps taken by the company to remediate the attack still remains unknown.