Vestas Wind Systems A/S, one of the world’s biggest wind turbine makers, said Saturday it shut down computer systems across several locations to deal with a cyber security incident.
The incident occurred on Friday and the company is working on recovering its systems, according to a statement from Vestas on Saturday. The shutdown may affect “customers, employees and other stakeholders,” the Aarhus, Denmark-based company
“As part of our crisis management setup for cyber security, we are working together with our internal and external partners to contain the issue fully and recover our systems,” the company said in its statement.
Wind turbine manufacturers and energy utilities have been struggling with high commodity prices, including for natural gas in Europe, as economies recover from the COVID pandemic. The company earlier this month cut its profit outlook for the year as higher steel prices boosted production costs, Bloomberg reported.
While the cyber security issue may affect production, so far it has not affected impacted turbines already being operated by Vestas customers, nor the company’s ability to service those machines.