The August 14 cyberattack damaged part of the company’s IT infrastructure.
A cyberattack on Clorox in August caused “large-scale disruptions” to its operations, which could lead to product delays and shortages, according to a filing Monday.
The Clorox company, known for its disinfectant wipes and brands such as PineSol, FreshStep cat litter and Hidden Valley Ranch, said it detected “unauthorized activity on certain of its information technologies” on August 14. activity, including taking certain systems offline,” according to the filing.
The activity — believed to be a cyberattack — damaged portions of the company’s IT infrastructure, “resulting in large-scale disruptions to Clorox’s operations,” according to the filing. This could have an impact on the shelf placement of Clorox products.
Clorox said it was repairing infrastructure damaged in the cyberattack and reintegrating systems it proactively took offline. Clorox said it would begin returning to normal automated order processing the week of September 25.
“Clorox has already resumed production at the vast majority of its manufacturing sites and expects the ramp-up to full production to occur over time. At this time, the company cannot estimate how long it will take to return to fully normal operations,” the company said. in its deposit.
Clorox expects its profits to also be affected by the cyberattack.
“Due to order processing delays and high level of product failures, the Company now estimates that the impact will be significant on the first quarter financial results,” the filing said. “It is premature for the Company to determine the long-term impact, including the outlook for the financial year, given the ongoing recovery.”
The company said Monday it was “still assessing the extent of the financial and business impact.”
It is not yet clear who carried out the cyberattack.
Clorox has not yet indicated which brands were affected by the cyberattack.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which serves as the cyber arm of the Department of Homeland Security, did not comment on the breach and instead referred ABC News to Clorox.