French dairy giant Lactalis hit by cyberattack

The Lactalis Group, one of the world’s largest food products groups, said it was hit by a cyberattack during which the intruders gained access to some of its computer systems.

“The Lactalis Group has detected an intrusion on part of its computer network. We immediately took steps to contain this attack and have notified the competent authorities. The results of our investigations establish that a malicious third party seeks to break into our servers. For the sake of transparency, we are making public this information,” the company said in a press release.

Lactalis, which owns such brands as Président, Galbani, Lactel, Santal, and Parmalat, employs 75,000 people worldwide, and it ships dairy products to over 100 countries around the globe.

Lactalis said that the attackers breached only a small number of computers on its network and that the affected IT systems were taken offline.

While the investigation into the cyberattack is still ongoing, the company said that at this point there is no evidence that any data was stolen from its systems.

“Lactalis teams are working to protect the interests of our customers, our partners, and our employees,” the company added. “This is why we have restricted, at our initiative to as a preventive measure, our access to the public internet network.”

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