The pharmaceutical and cosmetics group Pierre Fabre was the victim of a cyberattack overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, around 4 a.m.
Some production sites have been shut down since Wednesday morning, indicates the third French laboratory.
A large part of the employees had to return to their homes, production was stopped, relates a union source.
"Part of the production activities have been stopped," said a group communications manager, without giving the scale.
The cyberattack took place on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, according to management, confirming information from France Bleu Occitanie.
A day off imposed tomorrow, according to an employee
"The distribution of products is not interrupted, however," she said.
An assertion contradicted by one of the employees working at the Muret distribution center, wishing to remain anonymous.
“Following the computer incident, the activity is completely stopped.
Also, a day of paid leave 2020 or recovery is imposed for the day of April 1, ”can be read on the text message sent by management to this employee, and consulted by AFP.
The attack, according to employees, "would have come from Asia even if this remains to be confirmed," reports France Bleu Occitanie.
The IT teams are "hard at work", ensures the management, to restart production as quickly as possible and secure the data of the pharmaceutical and dermo-cosmetics group.
The group, based in Castres (Tarn), has nearly 10,000 employees worldwide and more than 6,000 in France, spread over some fifty sites, including 15 main ones in France.
It employs around 4,000 people in Occitanie and 2,600 in the Tarn.
Recently, cybercriminals hacked into and published part of the files they say they stole from the innovative company YposKesi, based in Essonne.
This biotech, created by the Telethon, produces gene therapy treatments.
The hackers demanded a ransom for not publishing the rest of the data.