Firm’s shares hit by hack­ers

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - BUSINESS -

Shares in ma­rine en­gi­neer­ing group James Fisher & Sons dived more than 5%, or £1.12 to £18.98, yes­ter­day af­ter it said it had suf­fered a cy­ber at­tack.

The FTSE 250 firm said hack­ers tried to gain ac­cess to its com­puter sys­tems.

The com­pany, which spe­cialises in en­gi­neer­ing work for ship­ping fleets and off­shore oil and gas sites, has launched a probe into the at­tack af­ter hir­ing ex­ter­nal spe­cial­ists. It took all of its af­fected sys­tems off­line as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, which has re­stricted its ac­cess to com­mu­ni­ca­tion and fi­nan­cial sys­tems.

The Cum­bria-based group added: “Work is on­go­ing to com­plete the re­cov­ery as soon as pos­si­ble and to minimise any im­pact on our busi­ness.”

James Fisher sub­sidiaries in­clude north-east busi­nesses RMSpump­tools, the

“Work­isongo­ing to com­plete re­cov­eryas­soon as pos­si­ble”

Na­tional Hy­per­baric Cen­tre, Fisher Off­shore, ScanTech Off­shore and JFD Global (UK).

Mean­while, the FTSE 100 In­dex closed up 18.39 at 7388.08 af­ter its 67-point surge on Mon­day amid op­ti­mism over a trade deal be­tween the US and China.

Pri­mark owner As­so­ci­ated Bri­tish Foods was the big­gest riser af­ter un­der­ly­ing pre-tax prof­its for the year to Septem­ber 14 rose by 2% to £1.4 bil­lion. Shares lifted 6%, or £1.25 to £23.74.

David­off and JPS cig­a­rette-maker Im­pe­rial Brands was an­other riser, up 10.8p at 1749.2p de­spite sales of its vape prod­ucts tak­ing a hit due to reg­u­la­tor crack­downs on va­p­ing in the US.

The pound fell 0.2% to $1.286 as the green­back strength­ened thanks to cheery eco­nomic data and the US-China trade talk hopes. Ster­ling rose 0.4% against the euro.

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