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Lab Testing Firm Eurofins Scientific Hit by Ransomware

Luxembourg-based laboratory testing services giant Eurofins Scientific on Monday revealed that some of its IT systems have been infected with a piece of ransomware.

Eurofins Scientific provides food, pharma and environmental laboratory testing services. The company employs roughly 45,000 people for its more than 800 laboratories in 47 countries. Eurofins also offers cybersecurity services through Eurofins Digital Testing.

The company said its IT security team noticed during the weekend that some of its systems became infected with ransomware. Many systems and servers were taken offline in an effort to contain the threat, which Eurofins has described as “a new version of malware.”

The firm says there is no evidence that any data has been stolen or misused. However, some IT operations have been disrupted.

“Eurofins IT teams are working hard to quickly resolve the situation and to resume the high level of service expected from all Eurofins companies. This includes installing additional protections against this new variant of malware which were received over the weekend and restoring affected systems from backups after appropriate security verifications. As this may be taking some time, Eurofins apologizes to the customers of those of its laboratories and sites that may be impacted for the potential temporary disruption or delays to some of its services,” Eurofins said in a statement.

SecurityWeek has reached out to Eurofins for more information on the ransomware and its impact and will update this article if the company responds.

Eurofins Scientific stock (EPA: ERF) dropped by roughly six percent on Monday.

Several important organizations have been hit by ransomware over the past year, including COSCO, Norsk Hydro, the UK Police Federation, and Aebi Schmidt.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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