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Popular Eyewear Provider Hit By Ransomware Attack

By October 1, 2020May 5th, 2022Cybersecurity

You may not be familiar with the name Luxottica, but the Italian-based eyewear manufacturer is the largest company of its kind in the world. It has popular brands such as Ferrari, Michael Kors, Ray-Ban, Armani, Coach, and others in its expansive portfolio. Unfortunately, the company recently found itself on the receiving end of a ransomware attack that shut down operations in both Italy and China.

A visit to their sales portals, and display nothing but a maintenance message that reads “OneLuxottica is temporarily unavailable. We are working to bring it live as soon as possible.”

The attack essentially shut the company down, and their 80,000+ employees were sent text messages telling them to go home. A little more than a day later, the company released a brief statement explaining that they had been the victims of a ransomware attack.

The statement, reads in part, as follows:

“…There is currently no access or theft of information from users and consumers. Once the event was analyzed, the clues were collected in less than 24 hours and the procedure for cleaning up the affected servers began. Work activities are gradually returning to normal in the #Milano plants and headquarters.”

The good news is that there’s no evidence that any user data was stolen. The bad news is that if you were planning on ordering a new pair of Ray-Bans or some other type of designer eyewear, you’ll probably have to put those plans on hold for the time being.

We don’t have any additional details about the hack or how much of a ransom the attackers demanded. We also don’t know whether or not the company has decided to pay up, or restore their system from available backups. For now, if you’re a Luxottia customer, there’s nothing to do except be aware of the issue.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.