Because it is easy, doesn’t mean it is smart. Aluminum Giant Norsk Hydro Targeted by ‘Extensive Cyber-Attack.’
Cyber-attacks against industrial systems are an increasing concern, and the Norwegian aluminum giant Norsk Hydro on Tuesday provided a new and worrying example of the phenomenon.
Their aluminum smelters are all under manual operation. State of the art, 1950.
And it isn’t just that companies risk inefficiencies. Real damage to expensive systems can be sustained.
In a particularly severe case several years ago, an attack on a German steel mill caused “massive” physical damage to the plant’s furnaces.
So will hackers be able to poison a water supply? Shut down power to a city? All the so engineers don’t have to get up from their desks and walk down to the control room to check on things, or so they can work from home? That’s not a good trade-off.