Hitachi Energy confirms data breach

Hitachi Energy, owned by the Japanese engineering giant of the same name, said employee data in some countries might have leaked due to a suspected attack.

“We recently learned that a third-party software provider called FORTRA GoAnywhere MFT (Managed File Transfer) was the victim of an attack by the Cl0p ransomware group that could have resulted in unauthorized access to employee data in some countries,” the company said.

Last week, the Cl0p gang claimed dozens of victims on its data leak site, including companies like Shell and Bombardier and higher education institutions like Stanford or Colorado universities.

Hitachi Energy is also on the gang’s list. The company said it had disconnected the third-party system and was working with experts to learn the scope of the attack.

Hitachi Energy listed on Cl0p site
Hitachi Energy listed on the Cl0p data leak site

“Employees who may be affected have been informed, and we are providing support. We have also notified applicable data privacy, security and law enforcement authorities, and we continue to cooperate with the relevant stakeholders,” the company said.

Hitachi Energy, a part of the multinational conglomerate corporation Hitachi, employs over 40,000 people worldwide.

The company said on Friday that as far as it was aware no network operations or customer data had been compromised.

“We will continue to update relevant parties as the investigation progresses,” it added. No further updates were available at the time of writing.

Hitachi Energy is not the first company to admit suffering a cyberattack following Cl0p’s spree.

Last week, cybersecurity firm Rubrik said it had been breached by the infamous gang.

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