Flavors designer Symrise halts production after Clop ransomware attack

Flavor and fragrance developer Symrise has suffered a Clop ransomware attack where the attackers allegedly stole 500 GB of unencrypted files and encrypted close to 1,000 devices.

Symrise is a major developer of flavors and fragrances used in over 30,000 products worldwide, including those from Nestle, Coca-Cola, and Unilever. Symrise generated €3.4 billion in revenue for 2019 and employs over 10,000 people.

Last week, German media reported that Symrise suffered a cyberattack that forced them to shut down their systems to prevent the spread of the attack.

“In order to be able to assess the consequences and to prevent possible further effects, the company shut down all essential systems,” Symrise told Handelsblatt.

Symrise also stated that they temporarily halted production and shut down facilities to further investigate the attack’s scope.

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Attacked by the Clop ransomware gang

The Clop ransomware gang has claimed responsibility for the attack on Symrise and have told BleepingComputer that they allegedly encrypted 1,000 devices.

Clop told BleepingComputer they compromised Symrise’s network using malware distributed via phishing emails. Once they gained access to the network, Clop stated they stole 500 GB of unencrypted files before deploying their ransomware.

As proof of this theft, Clop has posted images of these allegedly stolen files on their data leak site. The leaked images are for passports, accounting documents, audit reports, confidential cosmetic ingredients, and emails.

Symrise leak page on Clop data leak site

Clop ransomware is also behind attacks on Maastricht University, Software AG IT, ExecuPharm, Indiabulls, and E-Land, where they also claimed to have stolen 2 million credit cards.

BleepingComputer reached out to Symrise last week with questions regarding this attack but did not receive a response.


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