Ransomware Attack at AW North Carolina Shuts down Operations for 4 Hours

February 27, 2024


The attack against AWNC started on Aug. 16, 2017, when the company’s information technology (IT) systems were infiltrated by a newer strain of ransomware. This malicious software encrypted the company’s critical data and demanded a ransom to restore access to the affected files. It ultimately shut down production lines for four hours at the 2,200-worker plant. The disruption affected not only AWNC, but also its customers as delays in the delivery of transmission components led to a ripple effect throughout the automotive supply chain.

Incident Date

August 16, 2016

Estimated Cost

$270,000 in revenue, plus wages for idled employees

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified