- A cybersecurity incident has disrupted email and some networked computer operations and Fincantieri Marinette Marine Group.
- Company is working with federal agencies to investigate incident while it works to restore full functionality to affected systems.
- Company said no indication employees personal information was compromised by incident.
MARINETTE – A cybersecurity attack last week has disrupted computer systems at commercial and defense shipbuilder Fincantieri Marine Group.
The company on Thursday acknowledged the incident in a statement to the Green Bay Press-Gazette but did not provide details about the type of attack that occurred. The statement indicated the company’s email server and some network operations remain off-line and that it is working with federal agencies and partners to investigate the incident.
“Fincantieri Marine Group experienced a cybersecurity incident last week that is causing a temporary disruption to certain computer systems on its network. The company’s network security officials immediately isolated systems and reported the incident to relevant agencies and partners,” the company statement said. “Fincantieri brought in additional resources to investigate the incident and to restore full functionality to the affected systems as quickly as possible.”
Fincantieri Marine Group said repair and construction operations at its shipyards continue. The company added it has no evidence the incident compromised any employees’ personal information.
USNI News on Thursday reported more extensive details on the April 12 ransomware attack that affected data on the shipyard’s servers and impacted some manufacturing machines. USNI News, a part of the U.S. Naval Institute, corroborated the details in interviews with two sources familiar with a U.S. Navy summary of the incident and confirmed it with the Navy.
In a statement to USNI, the Navy said it “was made aware of a cyber-incident involving Fincantieri Marine Group,” later adding “FMG has taken measures to prevent further incursion and is conducting the required response, remediation and reporting actions. The Navy is actively monitoring the efforts.”
Fincantieri Marine Group is part of Trieste, Italy-based Fincantieri SpA, but the cybersecurity incident only affected the U.S.-based Marine Group locations and systems. Fincantieri Marine Group consists of shipyards in Marinette, Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay that, combined, employ about 2,300 people.
What’s a cyberattack?
The National Institute of Standards and Technology defines a cyberattack as a digital attack that targets an organization to disrupt, disable, destroy, take information, or take control of computers, networks or digital systems.
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center in 2022 received 800,944 complaints, down 5% from 2021, but the potential losses from these complaints increased from $6.9 billion in 2021 to $10.2 billion in 2022. Complaints ICCC investigates include intellectual property rights matters, hacking, economic espionage, online exteriortion, money laundering and identity theft.