[BreachExchange] Losses more than double at Irish arm of TNT Express

Destry Winant destry at riskbasedsecurity.com
Thu Mar 21 01:27:28 EDT 2019


Pretax losses at the Irish arm of logistics company TNT Express more
than doubled last year to €2.2 million after its parent suffered a
“crippling” cyber attack.

Accounts filed by Dublin-based TNT Express (Ireland) Ltd show that the
company’s pretax losses increased by 131 per cent to €2.2 million in
the 12 months to the end of May last.

Revenues at the Irish arm declined by 31 per cent from €52.59 million
to €36 million, but the drop had much to do with the previous
accounting period spanning 17 months as opposed to 12.

Costs at the business fell by 36 per cent last year.

Cyber attack

The year under review coincided with a cyber attack on TNT Express
globally that cost the business worldwide $400 million (€353 million)
in the 2018 fiscal year.

The $400 million cost was primarily from loss of revenue due to
decreased shipments in the TNT Express network as well as incremental
costs to restore operations.

The cyber attack known as NotPetya occurred on June 27th, 2017 and
involved the spread of an information systems virus through a
Ukrainian tax software product.

Immediately after the attack, contingency plans were implemented to
recover TNT Express operations and communications systems, and
substantially all TNT Express services were fully restored during the
first quarter of 2018.

The directors’ report for the Irish arm states that “no data breach or
data loss to third parties is known to have occurred”.

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