A few months after Fountaine-Pajot, it 's the turn of another heavyweight from the French nautical industry, the Beneteau group, to be the victim of a computer attack, probably a ransomware. Restart of the computer systems in degraded mode and investigations were launched.
The group nautique français Beneteau reported a malicious software intrusion into its computer systems on the night of February 18-19, 2021. (credit: Beneteau)
Beneteau is in turn the victim of a cyberattack. The French group (owner of the brands Jeanneau, Excess Catamarans, Four Winns, Wellcraft ...) declared that it had been the victim of a cyberattack. 'a computer attack on the night of February 18 to 19, 2021. This is not the first time that the French nautical sector has been affected by cybercriminals.Last June, the Fountaine-Pajot company also had to struggle with a cyberattack.
Regarding Beneteau, based in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie in Vendee, the company related the Malware - presumably ransomware - intruded on some of its servers. "As a precautionary measure, all information systems have been disconnected in order to avoid any propagation", the group said in a statement . “As a first step, the implementation of back-up systems and applications will allow business to restart in secure but degraded mode. At the same time, investigations will be continued in order to completely restore all of the group's systems ”.
Impacted production activities
The operational impacts are far from trivial, since following this cyberattack, several production units includingis in France, will have to idle or even stop their production activity during the coming days. "The company asked its employees not to come to work that day [this Monday Editor's note], and this, on all the production sites, in Vendee and Bordeaux", explained France Bleu.
The Beneteau group has indicated that it will provide additional information on this security incident on February 25, 2021 on the occasion of the publication of its financial results for its 2020 financial year.