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Colorado corporation recovers from cyberattack

The cyberattack that struck earlier this month took the manufacturer’s systems offline.
Credit: Kathleen Lavine/Denver Business Journal

DENVER — Gates Corp. continues to investigate and recover after a recent cyber attack prompted the shutdown of most of the manufacturer’s systems around the world. The Denver manufacturer brought in law enforcement and third-party security teams to help its response.

Its information technology systems were largely back online worldwide as of Friday and its information was secured, said Tom Pitstick, chief marketing officer. Pitstick is also a member of the company’s high-level response team which was activated after the attack. Malicious software, or “malware,” shut down some of Gates Corp.’s computer systems on Feb. 11, indicating a hacker had gotten into company systems. Gates Corp. shut down other parts of its computer systems as it responded over the next few days.

“It was a majority of our systems worldwide,” Pitstick said. Gates employs 14,000 people and operates factories in 30 countries making belts and hoses found in everything from sewing machines to ski resort gondola systems. Its biggest markets are for belts and hoses used in automobiles and industrial engines.

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