Technology Bits By PUI-WING TAM JULY 7, 2017
The aftermath of a cyberattack is not pretty.
So writes Nicole Perlroth, a cybersecurity reporter for The New York Times, who chronicles in detail the fallout from last month’s cyberattack that hit Ukraine, Europe and multinational companies.
For many of those companies, the toll has been severe and continuing. Mondelez International, a food and beverage company, saw some its factories grind to a halt after the attack stopped thousands of its servers and computers, Nicole found. At the global law firm DLA Piper, which was affected, computer systems are still coming back online. And one company, Reckitt Benckiser, which makes Lysol spray, had to lower its sales forecast because of the attack’s impact on its supply chain.
At the same time, reports of other cyberattacks against companies are emerging. Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation was targeted by hackers who have been trying to penetrate companies that supervise and run nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, Nicole writes. The nature of these hacking attempts has spurred an urgent joint report from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.