Firm’s shares hit by hackers
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.”
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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.