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Norway´s major subsea contractor Aker Solutions entity has been subject to cyber attack that impacted its IT system. Specifically, Aker Solutions’ subsidiary CSE in Brazil has become victim of a cyber-attack that has impacted its IT systems. Aker´s subsidiary is providing maintenance, and modifications services to oil and gas installations offshore Brazil. 

Aker Solutions is working to contain and neutralize the attack, but does not yet know the full extent of the situation, as the company informs.

Dialog is being established with authorities in Brazil about the incident. Aker Solutions global IT organization is working to resolve the situation together with external expertise, in accordance with the company´s latest information.

The attack is currently directed at CSE, and the attackers claim that they have entered the IT systems, encrypted digital files and locked access to data.

Aker Solutions have carried out several immediate mitigating actions, including temporarily shutting down most of the IT-systems used in the CSE business entity. So far there are no indications that other parts of Aker Solutions’ IT systems, than the ones of subsidiary CSE, have been infected. 

CSE is a fully-owned Aker Solutions subsidiary with approximately 100 employees in Brazil. CSE’s main business is providing maintenance and modifications services to oil and gas installations offshore Brazil. 

“Aker Solutions is doing its outmost to limit impact on employees, customers and other partners,” as the company explains.  

It is worth mentioning that Aker Solutions is a provider of integrated solutions, products and services to energy industry, with many employees in more than 20 countries.

This is the second case after the Cyber-attack on DNV´s ShipManager Software. The class society DNV confirmed in January, that around 1000 vessels have been affected by the Cyber-Attack on its ShipManager Software. The class society said in a statement at that time, that is communicating daily with all 70 affected customers, to update them on findings of the ongoing forensic investigations.

DNV confirmed that its ShipManager software was victim of a ransomware cyber-attack on the evening of Saturday 7th of January. DNV experts have shut down ShipManager’s IT servers in response to the incident.

DNV experts were working closely with global IT security partners to investigate the incident, and to ensure operations are online as soon as possible. DNV was in dialogue with the Norwegian police about the incident.

“There are no indications that any other software or data by DNV is affected. The server outage does not impact any other DNV services”, as it was said by DNV in a statement.​