D-BOX announces that the Corporation is gradually resuming its activities following a ransomware cyberattack against its internal IT systems announced on July 14, 2021. All major IT systems have been restored and the restoration work should be finalized in the next few weeks. Production was never completely interrupted, and recovery of its various internal IT systems has begun.
D-BOX recovers from ransomware cyberattack and announces the gradual resumption of its activities
Although the release of the Corporation’s unaudited and condensed interim consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 (the “Required Filings”) will be deferred, D-BOX is nevertheless in a position to announce that it anticipates, on a provisional basis, estimated revenues of $ 3.1 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2021, an increase of approximately 40% compared to the same quarter last year.
D-BOX has always maintained a clear separation between its internal IT systems and services for its partners. The Corporation believes that the impact of the cyberattack was limited to internal systems, and that its services to studios and theatre operators were not affected. In addition, according to the report of an external firm specializing in cyber incidents, analyses show that its clients’ systems were not breached or affected during the cyberattack. Therefore, D-BOX does not anticipate that any security patches to its services or software updates will be required for its partners as a result of the cyberattack. In addition, the Corporation has, as a precautionary measure, offered all its employees and directors an identity theft and fraud protection service through Equifax for a period of 12 months.
“Security is a top priority and D-BOX is committed to continuing to take all appropriate measures to ensure the highest integrity of all our systems,” said Sebastien Mailhot, President and CEO of D-BOX. “I’m proud of the efforts of our IT team and external advisors, as they mitigated the attack and accomplished an enormous amount of work in order to resume activities. D-BOX is committed to continuing to communicate directly with all of its clients and partners, whom we thank for their patience as we resolve this situation. The Corporation believes that the financial impact of this cyberattack on the results should be negligible."
As a result of the cyberattack, the release of the Required Filings will be deferred until after the prescribed August 14, 2021 deadline. Management will work to produce the Required Filings as soon as possible, but the delay could be two to four weeks.
The Corporation has applied to the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities for a management cease trade order (“MCTO”). There is no certainty that the MCTO will be granted. Until the Required Filings are filed, the Corporation intends to satisfy the provisions of the alternative information guidelines in accordance with National Policy 12-203 – Management Cease Trade Orders by issuing bi-monthly status reports in the form of news releases.
The applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities may issue a general cease trade order against the Corporation for failure to file the Required Documents within the prescribed time period or sooner if the Corporation fails to file its status report during the prescribed time limits. There are no insolvency proceedings that the Corporation is subject to and there is no other material information concerning the affairs of the Corporation that has not been previously disclosed.
D-BOX redefines and creates realistic, immersive and haptic entertainment experiences by providing whole-body feedback and stimulating the imagination through movement. Haptics essentially allows for sensations that would be perceived if the body were to interact directly with physical objects. This expertise explains why D-BOX has collaborated with some of the world's best companies to tell captivating stories. Whether it be movies, video games, virtual reality applications, themed entertainment or professional simulators, D-BOX's mission is to make the world live and vibrate like never before. D-BOX Technologies Inc. (TSX: DBO) is headquartered in Montreal, Canada with offices in Los Angeles, USA and Beijing, China. D-BOX.com.
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