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Metal firm Hydro plans recovery from ransomware that could be wiper malware – CSO Australia

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Aluminium manufacturer Norsk Hydro claims to have found the “root cause” of the global IT outage due to a cyberattack believed to have been caused by LockerGoga, a strain of ransomware that displays some very unusual behaviours, according to Cisco’s Talos Intelligence researchers.  

Hydro’s worldwide IT network was paralyzed on Tuesday by the attack that started in one of its US operations and forced the company to print out lists to continue delivering orders of its aluminium-based products and components to customers around the world. 

The company still cannot connect to the production systems in its rolled products unit but it expected to resume some systems during Wednesday to enable customer deliveries, according to Hydro’s latest update on Wednesday. 

It’s also operating with a “higher degree of manual operation” for extruded solutions, which is still experiencing stoppages at several plants because it can’t connect to production systems.       

The company, which employs 35,000 people across 40 countries, said on Wednesday that it doesn’t have a timeline to full recovery of IT operations, nor an estimate of the financial impact of the cyber attack. 


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