Ransom demanded after AKVA group victim of major virus attack

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A number of services have been affected.

On Monday morning, it was announced that the aquaculture equipment manufacturer on Sunday was hit by an extensive cyber attack.

AKVA group CEO Knut Nesse told the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv that the cyber attack was ransomware. This is malicious software that infects computer systems and displays messages demanding a fee to be paid in order for the system to work again.

“Those who have attacked us have obtained our production data (ERP system). It is blocked and ransomware has now been inserted,” he told DN.

Nesse would not comment on how much ransom they demand or whether the company will pay.

“We have operations in ten countries and various services. Some of the services work properly, others work in part and some are completely down. It is the business in Norway that is most affected,” he said.

Among the systems affected is the software Fishtalk that AKVA group supplies to a wide range of fish farming companies.