Pitney Bowes Inc. has acknowledged that it was the victim of a malware attack.
In a press statement, the Stamford company announced it was “affected by a malware attack that encrypted information on some systems and disrupted customer access to some of our services. At this time, the company has seen no evidence that customer or employee data has been improperly accessed.”
While the company did not offer specifics on when the attack occurred or the full depth and scope of its impact, it added that its technical team was “working to restore the affected systems, and it is working closely with third-party consultants to address this matter. We are considering all options to expedite this process and we appreciate our customers’ patience as we work toward a resolution.”
Malware covers a wide variety of disruptive tools including ransomware – which Pitney Bowes alluded to in “encrypted information on some systems” – as well as spyware, Trojan horses, and computer viruses and worms.
The attack on Pitney Bowes is part of a wider assault on corporate computer networks. According to data released by Accenture, the percentage of cybersecurity breaches have increased by 11% over the past year and by 67% over the past five years.