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August 10, 2017

Hackers try shutting down factories for pay

  • Online thieves have long targeted banks for digital holdups, but just-in-time manufacturing plants are climbing toward the top of their hit lists.
    AP Business Writer

    DURHAM, N.C. — The malware entered the North Carolina transmission plant's computer network via email last August, just as the criminals wanted, spreading like a virus and threatening to lock up the production line until the company paid a ransom.

    AW North Carolina stood to lose $270,000 in revenue, plus wages for idled employees, for every hour the factory wasn't shipping its crucial auto parts to nine Toyota car and truck plants across North America, said John Peterson, the plant's information technology manager.

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