Fujifilm shuts down computer systems following apparent ransomware intrusion

Fujifilm's headquarters in Tokyo. The electronics giant is dealing with a possible ransomware hack. (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)


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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.

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