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Cyber Attack Puts a Spotlight on Fragile Global Supply Chain

  • Hydro said the critical issue is now finding customer orders
  • The company has been forced to shut down some product lines
The Norsk Hydro headquarters outside of Oslo, Norway.

The Norsk Hydro headquarters outside of Oslo, Norway.

Photographer: Fredrik Hagen/AFP via Getty Images

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The ransomware attack crippling one of the world’s top aluminum makers is exposing how crucial sophisticated digital systems have become in the centuries-old industry of turning mined rock into metal products.

Following a “severe” cyber-attack on Norsk Hydro ASA’s operations in the U.S. and Europe early on Tuesday, the company has been forced to shut down several automated product lines and is keeping its smelters running using manual production processes. Hydro said it’s planning to restart certain systems on Wednesday to “allow for continued deliveries to customers.”