In late 2014, the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) released a report detailing a disruptive cyberattack at an unnamed steel mill facility. The attack, which was deployed through a combination of social engineering tactics and malware, compromised several of the steel mill’s industrial control components. From there, equipment breakdowns and production outages ensued, resulting in extensive property destruction. This attack has become known as one of the first cyber incidents to result in significant physical damage, demonstrating the widespread losses that such incidents can cause.

In hindsight, there are various cybersecurity lessons that organizations can learn by reviewing the details of this incident, its impact and the mistakes the facility made along the way. For the full report, just click here.


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