A cyberattack at Clorox is causing wide-scale disruption of the company’s operations, hampering its ability to make its cleaning materials, Clorox said Monday.
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According to a securities filing Monday, an August cyberattack on Clorox caused “wide-scale disruptions” in its operations, which could mean product delays and shortages.
The Clorox Company, known for its sanitizing wipes and brands such as PineSol, FreshStep cat litter, Burt’s Bees, and Hidden Valley Ranch, said they detected “unauthorized activity on some of its Information Technology” on Aug. 14.
The activity — deemed a cyberattack — damaged portions of the company’s IT infrastructure, “which caused wide-scale disruptions of Clorox’s operations,” according to the filing.
Clorox took steps to “remediate the activity, including taking certain systems offline” and is still determining the full extent of the financial and business impact of the attack.
Currently, Clorox cannot get its manufacturing operations back up to full speed and is fulfilling and processing orders manually.
The company doesn’t expect to begin the process of returning to normal operations until next week.
“Clorox has already resumed production at the vast majority of its manufacturing sites and expects the ramp up to full production to occur over time,” the company said.
“At this time, the company cannot estimate how long it will take to resume fully normalized operations.”
The company said the cyberattack and the delays will materially hurt its current-quarter financial results, and determining any longer-term impact would be premature “given the ongoing recovery.”
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