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Until now, attacks on manufacturing IT systems tended to be hit or miss. Sometimes they succeeded, but mostly they did not. That won’t be the case for long. Many of these facilities are poorly equipped to fend off cyberattacks. 

In March, the aluminum manufacturer Norsk Hydro was a target of a cyberattack. The hackers managed to insert malware known as LockerGoga into the corporate network of the global company. And then it activated the software.

Countless documents, presentations and Excel files on Norsk Hydro servers and workplace computers were encrypted, dealing a severe blow to company operations.  A month later, on April 12, most of the company’s 35,000 employees reportedly could still no longer do their jobs. Almost a month after that, according to a company bulletin, its IT systems only had limited functionality in three of five company areas.

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