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Hackers cause damage at German factory with malware attack

Hackers compromised a German factory and caused "massive damage" to a factory furnace, reports indicate
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Dec 26, 2014 12:53 am

Cybercriminals compromised a German factory and caused "massive" damage to a blast furnace inside of the facility, according to a Federal Office for Information Security report made available by the German government. The company impacted remains unknown, but it looks like they fell victim to a phishing attack that led to malware installation on company computers - and it didn't take long before PCs and factory systems to suffer.

 

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Since the company's employees were not able to maintain control of the blast furnace, there was "massive damage to [the] plant." "The attackers were knowledgeable in conventional IT security and had extensive knowledge of applied control and production processes," according to a recently published report.

 

As cybercriminals find new methods to conduct cyberespionage, there is growing concern that they can breach critical infrastructure - and cause significant damage - and this German foundry incident is a worrying sign. It's unknown if the hackers intended to just steal data, or cause physical damage, but show how vulnerable computer systems can be.

NEWS SOURCES:Telegraph.co.uk, Media.lehighvalleylive.com

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