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Thursday, 21 March 2019 08:14

Norwegian aluminium firm slowly recovering from ransomware attack

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Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro says it has made some progress restoring its systems back to normal after being hit by Windows ransomware known as LockerGoGa on Monday evening.

The company said on Wednesday that its technical team, with external support, had found the root cause of the problems and was working on a plan to restart the company's IT systems "in a safe and sound manner".

The attack was said to have started late on Monday. Norway is 10 hours behind AEDT.

The firm said it had isolated all plants and operations and switched to manual operations and procedures, with the main priority being to ensure safe operations and to limit the operational and financial impact of the Windows ransomware.

"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 chief financial officer Eivind Kallevik.

"I would also like to complement our external technical partners who have done an important job in supporting our efforts, and also relevant authorities, who handle the issue with the diligence it deserves."

Norsk Hydro said most operations were now running and ensuring deliveries to customers according to specifications, "with some more manual operations than normal".

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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