A big Manx company has been hacked by Russians.

Strix Group plc, which designs, makes and supplies kettle safety controls, said today that it has recently been the subject of a cyber incident ’of Russian origin’ in its business.

A company spokesman said: ’On becoming aware of the incident, which mainly impacted Strix’s Isle of Man and UK servers, the group immediately engaged external specialists and took precautionary measures with its IT infrastructure, including taking its systems offline whilst it investigated the nature and extent of the incident and implemented its business continuity plan.

’These systems are now restored and fully operational. There has been no impact on customer orders or sales, with all businesses within the Group remaining operational.’

The company has also appointed cyber security experts to continue to monitor and support the Group with this incident as well as report on the attack and make recommendations to further enhance and refine the group’s processes and procedures. These recommendations will be implemented.

The spokesman added: ’The group is fully aware of its obligations and is working with its professional advisers, the police and relevant regulatory authorities and will provide further updates as and when appropriate.’

Strix’s head office is in Ronaldsway and it has a factory in Ramsey as well as in China.