Metals & Mining

January 1, 2014: German Steel Mill Cyber Attack

WIZARD SPIDER is a sophisticated eCrime group that has been operating the Ryuk ransomware since August 2018, targeting large organizations for a high-ransom return. This methodology, known as “big game hunting,” signals a shift in operations for WIZARD SPIDER. This actor is a Russia-based criminal group known for the operation of the TrickBot banking malware that had focused primarily on wire fraud in the past.

March 18, 2014: Cyber attack at German Steel Mill damages equipment

Attackers gained access to the company network using an advanced social engineering attack. They then worked their way onto the control system network. and caused an issue with the controls that placed the furnace into an undefined state causing a furnace to not be able to be shut down in the regular way. This resulted in massive damage to the entire system.

November 19, 2020: Advantech Hit By Ransomware

Ransomware attack hit Taiwan-based Advantech Co. in November, 2020 and the hackers sought 750 bitcoin or $13.8 million in exchange for the decryption key.

January 22, 2019: Nyrstar Ransomware Attack

Nyrstar said that its metals processing and mining operations were not damaged by the attack.

March 5, 2020: EVRAZ Infection

The infection paralyzed the North American branches of the company, primarily affecting steel production plants across Canada and the US.

May 18, 2019: Norsk Hydro Production lines stopped

Production lines had stopped at some of its 170 plants. Cost estimated at $71MM.

September 15, 2020: Bluescope Shutdown of Operations

Worldwide shut down of operations

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