French multinational dairy Lactalis hit by a cyber attack

Pierluigi Paganini March 02, 2021

French multinational dairy products corporation Lactalis discloses cyberattack, but claimed that had no evidence of a data breach.

France-based dairy giant Lactalis announced that it was hit by a cyber attack, but claimed that it had found no evidence of a data breach.

Lactalis employs more than 80,000 people worldwide, at more than 230 production sites in 43 different countries. Lactalis is the largest dairy products group in the world, it owns brands such as Parmalat, Président, Siggi’s Dairy, Skånemejerier, Rachel’s Organic, and Stonyfield Farm.

Lactalis disclose the cyberattack and revealed that a limited number of systems on its network were impacted in the incident.

“The Lactalis Group has detected an intrusion on part of its computer network. We immediately took steps to contain this attack and have notified the competent authorities. The results of our investigations establish that a malicious third party is seeking to break into our servers. For the sake of transparency, we are making this information.” reads the press release published by Lactalis Group.

A malicious third party attempted to hack into its network, but the company promptly responded to the intrusion to mitigate the attack.

In response to the incident, the company restricted access to public resources.

“Our IT teams are fully mobilized and supported by experts recognized in cyber security. Our investigation with them revealed no data breach at this point. Lactalis teams are working to protect the interests of our customers, our partners and our employees.” continues the press release. “This is why we have restricted, at our initiative to as a preventive measure, our access to the public Internet network. We organize ourselves to ensure all of our activities under usual conditions”

Lactalis notified the competent authorities and hired cybersecurity experts to investigate the incident.

The company did not provide details about the type of attack, but some experts speculate the company has been hit by ransomware.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, cyber attack)

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