By Gregory Hale
Ellwangen, Germany-based VARTA Group suffered a cyber attack Monday that shut down its production plants and its administrative areas, company officials said in an advisory released Tuesday.

“Last night, February 12th 2024, the VARTA Group was the target of a cyberattack on parts of its IT systems,” the company said in an advisory.

“This affects the five production plants and the administration. The IT systems and thus also production were proactively shut down temporarily for security reasons and disconnected from the Internet. The IT systems and the extent of the impact are currently being reviewed. The utmost care is being taken to ensure data integrity,” the company said.

VARTA manufactures batteries for global automotive, industrial, and consumer markets and Energizer Holdings owns a piece of the company. The company traces its roots back to 1887. VARTA’s annual revenue exceeds $875 million.

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The company said hackers targeted parts of its IT infrastructure Monday night, causing a severe disruption in five production units. The company said it is too soon to understand the extent of the actual damage to the system. That will come at a later time.

“In accordance with the emergency plan for such situations, the necessary precautionary measures were implemented immediately,” the company said. “Additionally, a task force was set up instantly to restore normal operations as quickly as possible and deal with the incident with the support of cyber security experts and data forensics specialists.

No further details on the attack were immediately available, such as if it was a ransomware assault and who was behind it.

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