Posted by on March 20, 2019 8:15 pm

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Hydro now knows what caused a major cyber attack on the company Tuesday. The attack likely has impacted work at the company’s Cressona facility.

Hydro is one of the largest employers in Schuylkill County.

In a press conference, the company’s CFO called it a “classic ransomware” attack.

Hydro switched to manual operations after it identified the cyber attack. A company statement on Wednesday indicates the cyber attack could have impacted worker safety. And by switching from its automated operations impacted by the attack, it reduced the safety and financial risk.

“I’m pleased to see that we are making progress, and I’m impressed to see how colleagues worldwide are working around the clock with dedication to resolve this demanding situation and ensure safe and sound operations,” says Hydro’s CFO Eivind Kallevik.

The cyber attack likely impacts production at the company’s Cressona facility. In its latest update, Hydro says the lack of ability to connect to systems shut down in the attack has slowed production.

Hydro noted two specific areas, primary metal and rolled products.

“Lack of ability to connect to the production systems have caused production challenges and temporary stoppage at several plants,” the company says.

 

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