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Bridgestone is set to get its tire factories back on track

AIKEN, SC (WRDW/WAGT) – Bridgestone is set to bring its tire factories back online after an information security incident caused computer glitches that forced a shutdown.

The company, which has two facilities in Aiken County, to close factories on two continents from around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

The company said Thursday it was in the process of bringing its systems back online in a safe and secure manner while continuing to investigate the issue.

“Since learning of the incident in the early morning hours of February 27, Bridgestone has launched a thorough investigation to quickly gather facts while working to ensure the security of our information systems,” the company said in a statement. . “As a precaution, we have disconnected many of our manufacturing and retreading facilities in Latin America and North America from our network to contain and prevent any impact.”

The company hasn’t characterized the nature of the security issue, so we don’t know if it’s a ransomware attack or some other type of breach.

The company said Thursday afternoon that in the past 24 hours it has restored key internal systems at all manufacturing plants so that production can resume, but it will take a few more partial production days to switch to full production. security at full production.

“In addition, our team is also prioritizing getting our ordering, shipping and billing systems back online safely,” the company said, adding that it was resuming direct-to-customer shipments from centers. distribution and warehouses.

“We continue to execute on our strong business continuity plans and established governance process to do everything we can to minimize the impact to our customers and teammates,” the company said. “We will continue to work diligently to restart all operations in an efficient and safe manner and to resolve any issues that may affect our operations, data, teammates and customers.”

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