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Hackers infiltrate computer systems at B.C. paper mills
日期:2020-02-25 06:39 作者: 来源:加拿大广播公司 相似文章:0条

Employees at the Crofton Mill north of Victoria, B.C., on Vancouver Island are having to use paper production machines in manual mode after the companys computer systems were infiltrated by malware. (Wikipedia) comments Productionhas been impacted at three B.C. mills after the ITsystems at Paper Excellence Canada were found to be infiltrated with malware. The company, headquartered in Richmond, is one of Canadas leading paper and pulp exporters. Early in the morning ofWednesday, Feb. 19,employees discovered the companys online communications and software systems had been compromised. "It became apparent pretty quickly that in some form or fashion somebody had managed to infiltrate those systems and corrupt some of the data," saidGraham Kissack, vice-president of environment, health andsafety and communications at Paper Excellence, on CBCs On The Island Friday. Kissack said the breach has prevented employees from being able to communicate by email. It also means the software system the company uses for filling paper orders at mills in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River is not currently operating. "If you dont have that, you cant do anything," said Kissack, adding the software that was infectedis critical to operations because it communicates to the mill machines how much paperthey need to produce and in what dimensions it needs to be cut. "Our paper mills didnt have the ability to run, because they didnt know what it was that they should be manufacturing," explained Kissack. Keeping it old school Kissack said, for now, the company is trying to do what itcan by "going back old school" and trying to run the machines in manual mode. Even the fax machine is seeing a renaissance moment while email is down. Kissack said the company has reached out to its customers to let them know production has been impacted and there is a possibility that certain product deliveries may be delayed while the issue is being resolved. The software that was compromised also produced the necessary paperwork for orders that have to go through border customs, as well as staff payroll. According to Kissack, the RCMP are investigating who hacked into the companys systems but for now, the companys number one priority is to try toget back to full production and to protect themselves from any future hackers. "You dont imagine it will ever happen to you until it happens to you. Im hoping we can take something away from it and improve," said Kissack. Paper Excellence operates ninefacilities in Canada. The malware incident has been confined to the companys corporate office in B.C. B.C. pulp and paper mill faces 30-day closure due to lack of wood LifeLabs users wise to worry about fraud, ID theft after mass data breach say experts