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Wind Turbine Giant Nordex Shuts Down IT Systems in Response to Cyberattack

Nordex Group, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wind turbines, fell victim to a cyberattack that forced it to take down multiple systems.

The Hamburg, Germany-based company announced over the weekend that it detected the intrusion on Thursday, March 31, and that it immediately deployed measures “in line with crisis management protocols.”

Nordex Group, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wind turbines, fell victim to a cyberattack that forced it to take down multiple systems.

The Hamburg, Germany-based company announced over the weekend that it detected the intrusion on Thursday, March 31, and that it immediately deployed measures “in line with crisis management protocols.”

According to Nordex, the cyberattack was discovered at an early stage but, as a precautionary measure, the company decided to shut down “IT systems across multiple locations and business units.”

“The incident response team of internal and external security experts has been set up immediately in order to contain the issue and prevent further propagation and to assess the extent of potential exposure,” the company said in a Saturday statement.

[ READ: NIST Releases ICS Cybersecurity Guidance for Manufacturers ]

The company said the shutdown of systems could have an impact on customers, employees, and stakeholders, and promised to deliver updates as more information becomes available.

SecurityWeek emailed the company for an update on the situation but received no reply at the time of this article.

Nordex did not provide information on the type of cyberattack it fell victim to, but the fact that it shut down multiple systems is consistent with incident response in the event of a ransomware attack.

Nordex is not the first wind turbine giant targeted by cybercriminals. Last year, profit-driven hackers leaked thousands of files stolen from Danish company Vestas Wind Systems.

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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