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Aluminium producer Hydro hit by cyber attack

OSLO (Reuters) – Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest producers of aluminium, was battling Tuesday to contain a cyber attack against its production facilities, sending shares lower.

FILE PHOTO: Concrete tubes connecting the bauxite residue deposit at the water treatment plant are shown on the alumina refinery Alunorte, owned by the Norwegian company Norsk Hydro ASA, in Barcarena, Para state, Brazil, March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Photo File

The attack, which began on Monday evening and escalated during the night, have an impact on the IT systems for most of its activities. The company ‘ s giant aluminium smelters in countries such as Norway, Qatar and Brazil were still producing but manually.

“Hydro Is working to contain and neutralize the attack, but does not yet know the full extent of the situation,” the company said in a statement.

The event was a rare case of an attack on industrial activities in Norway. The last publicly acknowledged cyber attack in the Scandinavian country was on the Visma software company, when hackers acting on behalf of the Chinese intelligence violated its network to steal secrets from its customers.

Businesses and governments increasingly concerned about the damage hackers can cause to industrial systems and critical national infrastructure after a number of high-profile cyber-attacks in recent years.

In 2017, attack later the debt by the United States, Russia, and North Korea caused millions of dollars of damage to companies around the world, paralyzing the computers in the sectors of shipping, to sweet. Moscow and Pyongyang have denied the allegations.

In Ukraine, meanwhile, the authorities have seen hackers knock power grids and transportation systems offline, and an attack on the Italian oil services firm Saipem at the end of last year destroyed more than 300 of the company’s computers.

OF CARS IN THE CONSTRUCTION

Hydro products across the aluminium value chain, of the refinement of alumina raw material via metal rods to custom-made parts are used in the automotive and construction sectors.

The Norwegian state agency in the costs of cyber security said Hydro contact with them early on Tuesday and that was the assist of the company.

“We are … the sharing of this information with other sectors in Norway and with our international partners,” said a spokeswoman for the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM). She refused to comment on the nature of the attack.

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Norsk Hydro’s website page is not available on Tuesday, although some of the web pages that belong to the subsidiaries can still be used. The company was updates on the situation on her Facebook page.

Hydro shares fell 3.4 percent in early trading before a partial recovery for the trade to 0.9 percent by 1003 GMT. It was still lagging the Oslo benchmark index up 0.6 percent.

Hydro, which has 36,000 employees in 40 countries, recorded revenues of 159.4 billion kroner ($18.7 billion) last year, with a net profit of 4.3 billion crowns.

Additional reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis in Oslo, Jack Stubbs and Barbara Lewis in London; editing by Keith Weir and Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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