French classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) has confirmed that it has suffered a cyber-attack, leading the organisation to shut down its computer networks as investigations begin.
The attack was detected by BV’s own cyber security defences on Saturday November 20th, at which point the class society initiated its cyber response procedures. These measures have resulted in a reduction of some services for clients while work is ongoing to resolve the issue.
“A preventive decision has been made to temporarily take our servers and data offline to protect our clients and the company while further investigations and corrective measures are in progress,” BV said, in a statement.
“This decision generates a partial unavailability or slowdown of our services and client interfaces. Bureau Veritas’ teams, supported by leading third-party IT experts, are currently deploying all efforts to ensure business continuity and minimize disruption to its clients, employees and partners. Our incident response procedure has been triggered.”
BV notes that it has also been in contact with the relevant authorities, who will provide support in the investigation and in assisting BV to get back to normal operations.