Automation technology provider ABB hit by ransomware attack, impacting business operations

Black Basta, the ransomware gang behind the attack, launched its Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) operation in April 2022 and swiftly amassed a portfolio of corporate victims through double-extortion tactics.

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ABB, a Swiss multinational company specialising in electrification and automation technology, has been targeted by a Black Basta ransomware attack, resulting in significant disruptions to its business operations.

On 7 May, ABB fell victim to a ransomware attack which specifically targeted ABB’s Windows Active Directory, affecting a considerable number of devices within the company’s infrastructure.

In response to the breach, ABB took immediate action by severing VPN connections with its customers to prevent the ransomware from spreading to external networks. Nevertheless, the attack has significantly disrupted ABB’s operations, resulting in project delays and impacting its manufacturing facilities.

The company has since stated that ‘The vast majority of its systems and factories are now up and running and ABB continues to serve its customers in a secure manner.’