The Clorox Company, makers of bleach and other household cleaning products, doesn't expect operations to return to normal until near month end as it combs over "widescale disruption to operations" caused by cyber baddies.
The $2 billion turnover biz, whose sub-brands include Burt's Bees, Formula 409 and Kitchen Bouquet, confirmed a week ago that it had identified unauthorized activity in its network but didn't reveal whether the crooks had exfiltrated data, when it happened, or how long it took to spot them.
Certain unspecified systems were pulled offline "out of an abundance of caution," and some operations were "impaired" as a result.
In the latest update to the SEC [PDF], the company said it "began manual ordering and processing procedures shortly thereafter at a reduced rate of operations. The company is operating at a lower rate of order processing and has recently begun to experience an elevated level of consumer product availability issues."
Clorox does believe the intruders' "activity is contained" however this whole sorry tale is having a considerable financial impact that will be visible in the next set of quarterly results, the company warned.