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UK factories suffer from cyber attacks

Britain has fallen victim to clandestine cyber attacks on over 80 factories, with the implementation of methods that could bear risks to national infrastructure.

The country’s special agencies have notified the heads of transport, health and other services of penetration into guard-free networks by Russian hackers before a possible major attack. However, new data shows that UK plants already suffered attacks.

EEF trade group’s anonymous survey among factories revealed that nearly half of them recognized that their networks have gone through attacks.

48% of the respondents admitted that there were instances when their cyber security was breached, and half of them said that lead to economic damage to their company or interruption to work flow, Stephen Phipson of EEF said. Around 170 manufacturing firms participated in this poll. It is more than clear that a lot of attacks will have gone undetected, Phipson also said.

EEF’s security specialist Oliver Welch mentioned that factories may even stay ignorant of any intrusion. He said that quite much of malicious software is specifically aimed to lurk behind the scenes, not affecting, with the infiltrated network remaining unaware.

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