One day in October, P&H Employees logged into their computers one morning to discover they had been hit with ransomware, a form of malware that encrypts data and holds it hostage for a ransom. The disruption caused by this cyberattack was widespread. Employees could not log into their workstations. Data on the server and computers was inaccessible and unreadable. Work ground to a halt while the FBI, law enforcement, and their outside IT company investigated.
Upon deeper look, it was determined the ransomware was of Russian origin, and it spread to P&H through remote access software used by P&H’s IT company. To compound the issue, the IT company’s local backups were corrupted during the attack.