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A Guide to LockerGoga, the Ransomware Crippling Industrial Firms

A Guide to LockerGoga, the Ransomware Crippling Industrial Firms (Malware and Vulnerabilities)

Now a nasty new breed of ransomware known as LockerGoga is inflicting that paralysis on industrial firms whose computers control actual physical equipment, and it's enough to deeply spook security researchers. Since the beginning of the year, LockerGoga has hit a series of industrial and manufacturing firms with apparently catastrophic consequences: After an initial infection at the French engineering consulting firm Altran, LockerGoga last week slammed Norwegian aluminum manufacturer Norsk Hydro, forcing some of the company's aluminum plants to switch to manual operations. And incident responders at security firm FireEye tell WIRED they've dealt with multiple LockerGoga attacks on other industrial and manufacturing targets they declined to name, which would put the total number of victims in that sector at five or more. "If you cripple the ability to operate an industrial environment, you’re costing that enterprise significant amounts of money and really applying pressure for every minute that loss of control continues," says Joe Slowik, a researcher at the security firm Dragos, which focuses on industrial control systems.

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