Olympus, a leading medical technology company, was forced to decommission computer systems in the Americas (US, Canada and Latin America) following a cyberattack that hit its network on Sunday, October 10 2021.
“Upon detection of suspicious activity, we immediately mobilized a specialized response team including forensic experts, and we are currently working with the highest priority to resolve this issue,” Olympus said in a statement released today. ‘hui, two days after the attack.
“As part of the investigation and containment, we suspended the affected systems and informed the affected external partners. The current results of our investigation indicate that the incident was confined to the Americas with no known impact on other regions.
The company did not disclose whether customer or company data was accessed or stolen during the “potential cybersecurity incident,” but said it would provide new information regarding the attack as soon as it was released. ‘they would be available.
“We are working with appropriate third parties on this situation and will continue to take all necessary measures to serve our customers and business partners in a secure manner,” added Olympus. “Protecting our customers and partners and maintaining their trust in us is our top priority.”
A spokesperson for Olympus told TechToSee that the company found no evidence of data loss during an ongoing investigation into the incident.
September BlackMatter ransomware attack
This incident follows a ransomware attack that hit Olympus EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) computer systems in early September.
Although Olympus did not share any information on the identity of the attackers, ransom notes found on the affected systems revealed that ransomware operators BlackMatter coordinated the attack.
The same ransom notes also pointed to a Tor website that the BlackMatter group used to use to communicate with their victims.
Although Olympus, again, did not reveal many details about the nature of the attack that hit its US computer systems, ransomware gangs are known to carry out their attacks on weekends and days. holidays to delay detection.
The FBI and CISA said in a joint advisory published in August that they “had observed an increase in high-impact ransomware attacks occurring on holidays and weekends – when offices are normally closed – in the United States. United, no later than July 4, 2021.. “
Olympus has more than 31,000 employees worldwide and more than 100 years of history in the development of medical, life science and industrial equipment.
The company’s camera, audio recorder and binoculars divisions have been transferred to OM Digital Solutions, which has been selling and distributing these products since January 2021.
Update: Added statement from Olympus spokesperson.