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Australian Steel Maker BlueScope Hit by Cyberattack

Australian steel producer BlueScope was recently hit by a cyberattack that caused disruptions to some of the company’s operations.

The company said on Friday that it responded to a “cyber incident” detected at one of its US-based businesses. While BlueScope did not share any information about the type of attack, iTnews reported that the company was hit by ransomware and that it was working to restore systems from backups.

BlueScope said the incident impacted some of its IT systems, mainly affecting manufacturing and sales operations in Australia.

“Some processes have been paused, whilst other processes including steel despatches continue with some manual processes and workarounds,” the company stated.

The firm’s North Star, Asian and New Zealand units have only experienced minor disruptions and continued to operate “largely unaffected.”

“In the affected areas the Company has reverted to manual operations where possible while it fully assesses the impact and remediates as required, in order to return to normal operations as quickly as possible,” BlueScope said.

BlueScope is not the only major Australian company hit by ransomware in recent weeks. Shipping giant Toll revealed earlier this month that some of its systems were infected with ransomware — this was the second ransomware incident disclosed by the company this year.

Toll initially said there was no evidence that the attackers stole any information, but later admitted that the hackers did manage to download information on current and former employees and details on commercial agreements with enterprise customers.

The attack on Toll involved Nefilim ransomware, whose operators are known to steal data and threaten to make it public unless a ransom is paid.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.