Christmas Eve 'cyber attack' forced Arnold Clark's network down

The company said it had been able to protect customer data after services across the country were disrupted.

Christmas Eve ‘cyber attack’ forced Arnold Clark’s network down Arnold Clark

A suspected cyber attack on Arnold Clark’s network forced the car dealership to shut down systems across the country on Christmas Eve.

The company confirmed it was notified by external cyber security consultants of “suspicious traffic” on its network on December 23.

A spokesperson for the company said it made the decision to bring down its network voluntarily as a “purely protective measure” which resulted in it cutting connectivity to the internet, dealerships and third-parties.

Telephones, booking services and other technical systems were affected by the issue leaving customers trying to use them unable to do so.

The company said it had been able to protect customer data as well as the sytems and those of third-party partners – which had all been a priority.

It said the decicion to shut down the network caused temporary disruption to the business and customers.

“Our external security partners have now been performing an extensive review of our whole IT network and infrastructure, which is a mammoth task, and they are providing guidance to our IT team on the re-enabling of our network and systems in a safe, secure and phased manner,” a spokesperson said.

“Our showrooms and branches are open and will be able to assist our customers using our temporary systems until we have been able to restore our full systems safely. We expect to resume customer vehicle collections later this week and our branches are contacting customers to arrange this.

“Once again, we would like to thank our customers for their understanding and to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.”

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