Fujifilm shuts down computer systems following apparent ransomware intrusion

It's just the latest multinational company to be hamstrung by ransomware.
Fujifilm's headquarters in Tokyo. The electronics giant is dealing with a possible ransomware hack. (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)

Fujifilm Corp. has shut down part of its computer network and “disconnected from external correspondence” in the face of a possible ransomware attack, the Japanese electronics giant said Wednesday.

In a brief statement, Fujifilm said that it became aware of the security issue late Tuesday and that it has “taken measures to suspend all affected systems in coordination with our various global entities.” The company said it was still “working to determine the extent and the scale of the issue.”

Fujifilm is just the latest multinational company to be hamstrung by ransomware. JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, had to temporarily shut down facilities in Colorado, Canada and Australia following a ransomware hack.

Perhaps best known for its photography equipment, Fujifilm also makes a range of medical products such as CT Scan and Xray devices. The company reported more than $20 billion in revenue last year and has offices around the world.


Recovery from the security incident is ongoing. For some of Fujifilm’s business entities, the incident would hamper “all forms of communications,” including emails and phone calls, that come through corporate networks, read a notice on the company’s U.S. website Thursday.

Sean Lyngaas

Written by Sean Lyngaas

Sean Lyngaas is CyberScoop’s Senior Reporter covering the Department of Homeland Security and Congress. He was previously a freelance journalist in West Africa, where he covered everything from a presidential election in Ghana to military mutinies in Ivory Coast for The New York Times. Lyngaas’ reporting also has appeared in The Washington Post, The Economist and the BBC, among other outlets. His investigation of cybersecurity issues in the nuclear sector, backed by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, won plaudits from industrial security experts. He was previously a reporter with Federal Computer Week and, before that, with Smart Grid Today. Sean earned a B.A. in public policy from Duke University and an M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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