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Aircraft parts manufacturer of Belgium faces ransomware, production halted worldwide


ASCO Industries, which structures aviation and airplane parts, recently shutdown its plants following becoming victim of a ransomware assault. Inside Zaventem, Belgium workplace of ASCO, almost a thousand employees are unable to do their jobs because of the mishap. In 2018, Spirit AeroSystems took over the Belgian organization ASCO and the former declared about tentatively stopping production within other nations too.


Security experts haven't still been able to identify the perpetrators. Among the aircrafts whose parts ASCO manufactured are the military aircraft named Airbus A400M, the fighter jet F35, the Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft, and the Ariane rockets used for space launch.


The assault occurred June 7, according to reports from Data News a technology news website designed in Dutch language. On June 10, the employees came to know from their officers that they'd lost their job technically, thus reported De Standard a Belgian daily. www.scmagazineuk.com posted this, June 13, 2019.


Vicky Welvaert director of HR at ASCO refrained from saying if they acquired control over the situation as well as speculating on how long it would take to resume business operations. The director didn't as well mention what action the company planned towards resolving the crisis, i.e. if they were considering making the ransom payment alternatively getting their systems rebuilt from the beginning while restoring backups. www.helpnetsecurity.com posted this, June 13, 2019.


According to Security Researcher Chris Doman working with AT&T Alien Labs, his team had earlier observed LockerGaga ransomware to be behind collapse of Norsk Hydro plants, so possibly the situation was same with ASCO. ASCO has already told Data News regarding a ransomware infection involved within the assault. Nevertheless, the company said there wasn't any theft of information.


According to Tripwire's Vice-President of Product Management and Strategy Tim Erlin, a ransomware attack hitting a manufacturer isn't unknown nor will it stop hereafter. The attacks gain success when ransom payments are actually made. However, for overcoming ransomware issues is not making the ransom payments, which isn't easy because the victim's data as well as business are threatened. Ransomware infection can be tackled with effective backups along with a capability for reviving systems fast.


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