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Schneider Electric Sustainability Business Hit by Cactus Ransomware Gang

January 17, 2024

Schneider Electric confirmed a ransomware attack that affected its Sustainability Business division. The attack disrupted some of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Resource Advisor cloud platform. The Cactus ransomware gang claims they stole 1.5TB of data. 25MB of allegedly stolen were also leaked on the operation’s dark web leak site today as proof of the threat actor’s claims. It is not known if Schneider Electric will be paying a ransom demand.

At a recent PASA Connect roundtable event, three of the 13 Chief Product Officers in attendance confirmed minor issues related to the incident.

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TSMC Hit by WannaCry Variant

August 3, 2018

The cyber attack on iPhone supplier TSMC was apparently caused by a WannaCry variant, the company has revealed. The severity of the attack caused the company to shut down some of its factories while the issue was fixed, which meant some plants were out of action for days. Although the problem has mostly been rectified now, it says it’s still expecting shipments to be delayed for some time.

The virus was injected into TSMC’s systems when a supplier reportedly installed infected software onto some of its machines, without running an antivirus scan. The infection then spread to other locations within the company’s network in Tainan, Hsinchu and Taichung, which caused the majority of its facilities to close down temporarily.

The attack may have cost the iPhone component manufacturer up to 3% of revenues and could cost Apple over $255M

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X-FAB Group Targeted by Cyberattack

July 5, 2020

X-FAB Group was the target of a cyber security attack. Following the advice of leading security experts engaged by X-FAB, all IT systems have been immediately halted. As an additional preventive measure, production at all six manufacturing sites has been stopped. At this stage it cannot be estimated for how long and to which degree X-FAB’s operations will be disrupted. It is also too early to assess if there will be any financial impact stated company press release.

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Cyberattack at Israeli Tower Semiconductor Manufacturer

September 6, 2020

Cyberattack at Tower Semiconductor forced certain operations to a complete halt. Company authorities said that specific measures were taken to prevent the spread of the cyberattack, however, there was no immediate factual assessment report available that would state the real effect of the damages done.

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Canadian Stelco Temporarily Suspended Operations

October 25, 2020

Stelco – one of Canada’s oldest and largest steelmakers – has issued a statement revealing that it was the target of a “criminal attack” on its information systems. When the cyberattack first hit, Stelco said that certain operations, which included steel production, were temporarily suspended as a precaution.

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German Battery Maker, VARTA Group, Hit in Cyberattack

February 12, 2024

Ellwangen, Germany-based VARTA Group suffered a cyber attack Monday that shut down its production plants and its administrative areas, company officials said in an advisory released Tuesday.
“Last night, February 12th 2024, the VARTA Group was the target of a cyberattack on parts of its IT systems,” the company said in an advisory.
“This affects the five production plants and the administration. The IT systems and thus also production were proactively shut down temporarily for security reasons and disconnected from the Internet. The IT systems and the extent of the impact are currently being reviewed. The utmost care is being taken to ensure data integrity,” the company said.

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Ransomware Attack at Unidentified Bavarian Wood Processing Manufacturer

September 13, 2023

A wood processing company in Deggendorf, Germany, encountered a ransomware attack. Unknown perpetrators managed to encrypt several of the company’s servers by installing malware. This meant that working in emergency mode was only possible for a short period of time. Since the company did not contact the perpetrators, no demands for money have been reported so far. A swift law enforcement response and deployment of backups facilitated system recovery.

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Ransomware attack at Unidentified Bavarian Manufacturer

February 6, 2023

Deployment of a quick reaction team from the Deggendorf Police Department was necessary because a company in the digital manufacturing sector fell victim to a cyber attack.

Ransomware (malicious software) had been installed on one of the company computers. A possible decryption was promised after a ransom was paid in the form of Bitcoins. No contact was made. The affected company was able to rely on existing data backups. The company suffered no financial damage. It is unknown if there were any operational consequences as further details were not disclosed.

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