A attack held at a global provider of Eurofins scientific testing services, could result in a big financial blow to the company.
Although no one was discovered leakage personal information or authorized theft, the UK police have suspended all its work with the company, which is believed to perform at least half of all toxicological, ballistic, forensic and DNA analyzes for the police force.
Headquartered in Brussels, Eurofins provides scientific controls on food, agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, environmental and forensic testing, clinical diagnosis and other types of scientific testing in companies and governments.
It manages a network of more than 800 workshops in 47 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia Pacific, with a total of over 45.000 lab employees.
A few days before the attack, the company has opened a safety testing lab and production in Groningen, the Netherlands.
About the attack
Eurofins was hit by an unknown one ransomware the first weekend in June.
The attack affected some of the company's systems, which in order to minimize the damage suspended their operation and then investigated the incident with the help of law enforcement agencies and security companies.
Eurofins claimed on 10 June that the standards of attack and information from law enforcement and independent cyber security experts led them to "believe that this attack was carried out by highly sophisticated offenders with sufficient resources".
The company did not share what it was ransomware was what struck its systems, only that it is now detectable by security methods. It also did not mention which of the laboratories have been affected, only that they are in different countries.
The company said that as of Monday June 17, the vast majority of works in its affected laboratories were restored.
The result of the attack
The company said its focus has been on fully restoring its systems so that it can once again provide its customers with the high-level services they are used to.
So far, it is difficult to assess how it affected or affect the company's financial results.
The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) said on Friday that "the attack suffered by Eurofins Scientific has affected the IT systems of its Eurofins Forensics Services subsidiary, based in the United Kingdom, and is one of the primary providers of forensic services to British police. "
As a result, the NPCC temporarily suspended all law enforcement cases in this subsidiary.
“Our priority is to minimize the impact on the criminal justice system. We have implemented our national emergency plans, which will make urgent submissions and turn to alternative suppliers as soon as possible, ”said Chief Police Officer James Vaughan.
The suspension came into effect on June 3 and the company has been ordered to return any cases that have not started.