Ransomware halts production for days at major airplane parts manufacturer

ASCOImage: ASCO

ASCO, one of the world’s largest suppliers of airplane parts, has ceased production in factories across four countries due to a ransomware infection reported at its plant in Zaventem, Belgium.

As a result of having IT systems crippled by the ransomware infection, the company has sent home approximately 1,000 of its 1,400 workers.

ASCO planned for an initial downtime from Monday to Wednesday, but Belgium media reported [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] that the impromptu leave has been extended for the entire week, including the upcoming weekend.

Plants in four countries have been shut down

Per reports, the infection took root last Friday, June 7, and initially hit the company’s Zaventem plant in Belgium, but ASCO also shut down factories in Germany, Canada, and the US.

Non-production offices located in France and Brazil were unaffected.

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