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Ransomware Attacks Becoming More Widespread, Destructive, Expensive
More ransomware attacks made news headlines this month, with the most notable being the Oslo, Norway-based aluminum manufacturing Norsk Hydro being shut down by ransomware. The company manufactures aluminum products, manufacturing close to half a million tons each year, and is also a significant provider of hydroelectric power in the Nordic state. The LockerGoga malware was used to disrupt operations at one of the largest global aluminum manufacturers. According to Techcruch, “Employees were told to ‘not connect any devices’ to the company’s network.” Wired magazine offered this Guide to LockerGoga, the ransomware that is crippling industrial firms. Here’s a quote from the Wired article: “Since the beginning of the year, LockerGoga has hit a series of industrial and manufacturing firms with apparently catastrophic consequences: After an initial infection at the French engineering consulting firm Altran, LockerGoga last week slammed Norwegian aluminum manufacturer Norsk Hydro, forcing some of the company's aluminum plants to switch to manual operations. Two more manufacturing companies, Hexion and Momentive, have been hit by LockerGoga—in Momentive's case leading to a "global IT outage," according to a report Friday by Motherboard.
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