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Cleaning Products Giant Clorox Takes Systems Offline Following Cyberattack

Cleaning products manufacturer and marketer Clorox Company has taken certain systems offline after falling victim to a cyberattack.

Cleaning products manufacturer and marketer Clorox Company says it has taken certain systems offline in response to a cyberattack.

“The Clorox Company recently identified unusual activity on our IT systems. Upon detection, we immediately took steps to stop the activity and took certain systems offline,” the company said in response to a SecurityWeek inquiry.

Clorox also said that the affected systems remain offline as it is working on adding more “protections and hardening measures to further secure them”.

“As a result, some operations are temporarily impaired. We are following our business continuity plans and implementing workarounds where possible,” the company explained.

In a Form 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said it has implemented workarounds to enable offline operations and continue servicing customers, but disruptions are expected to continue.

Clorox also told the SEC that it has informed law enforcement of the incident and that it is working with third-party cybersecurity experts to investigate the attack and restore its operations.

The company did not provide additional information on the type of cyberattack that it has fallen victim to, but taking systems offline is typically the immediate response to a ransomware infection.

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Clorox did not say whether any data was stolen from its systems, nor how long it might take to restore the impacted systems.

“The investigation into the nature and scope of the incident remains ongoing and is in its very early stages. Our team is working diligently to restore systems safely and quickly, and we will ensure all suppliers and customers are updated as appropriate,” the company said.

Based in Oakland, California, Clorox makes and sells consumer and professional cleaning products, including Brita, Glad, Green Works Cleaning Products, Kingsford, Liquid-Plumr, Pine-Sol, and Tilex. The company has locations in 25 countries and territories worldwide and a market presence in over 100 countries.

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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