German blast furnace plant suffered severe damage through cyber attack




The German Federal Office for Information Security reports that attackers in the past been able to gain access to the control of production parts in a blast furnace. Thereby parts would have become severely damaged.

That says Heise. A report by the government agency describes a hitherto unknown attack on an industrial plant in Germany. The attackers would have focused their sights on an unspecified blast furnace plant. In addition, they would have gained access via spear phishing to the company. Then they gained access to the control software for production in the steel mill.

The attackers would have manipulated the software. This production in the blast furnace would have become disturbed so that the factory work was shut down temporarily. Plant equipment would have been heavily damaged. To where the attack is coming, BSI does not answer. It is unknown what the purpose of the attackers.

Described the attack reminiscent of Stuxnet malware specialist who supposedly developed by the US and Israel. Stuxnet targeted the so-called SCADA systems from Siemens that were used in Iranian nuclear facilities. The malware was able to cause much harm to ultra centrifuges which enrich uranium sustained by the Iranians delay.

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