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“Unauthorized third party” intrusion | Aluminum alloy is a victim of major computer failure

"Unauthorized third party" intrusion |  Aluminum alloy is a victim of major computer failure

A computer failure has plagued an aluminum production company in September-Ills due to a “security incident involving an unauthorized third party intrusion”.

Updated yesterday at 10:02 pm.

Florence Morin Martel

Florence Morin Martel

Cybersecurity experts are investigating the incident, which took place overnight from Thursday to Friday, Aluminum Alloyte said in a statement.

In recent days, several experts have warned that Ukraine’s allies could be subjected to cyber-attacks from Russia. Asked at a press conference about the possible link between the conflict and the incident at the Aluminum Alloy, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “I know for a long time that Russia has been using cybertracks to destabilize democracy. All over the world.”

The Prime Minister assured that the country’s cyber security centers are working to protect Canadians in the virtual world.

[Les centres de cybersécurité] We are currently working to follow up on receiving attacks, but also to prevent other attacks.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Despite the disruptions, the September-Ills Company assured that “aluminum production will continue in a safe manner.” An update will be made soon, Aluminerie Alouette said in a press release. At the time of writing, the company has not responded to an interview request from the company Press.

Hit where there is pain

Nora Boulahia Cuppens, a computer engineering professor and computer security expert at Polytechnic Montreal, said the best way available to Vladimir Putin was to use cyber-attacks in response to economic sanctions imposed by Western countries. The Russian president may therefore target “infrastructure that could freeze a country or affect its economic affairs,” she explains, without specifically mentioning the Aluminum Alloy case.

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But during CyberTalk, it’s hard to find someone who gestured in support of Frederick Kappens, a computer engineering professor at Polytechnic Montreal and an expert in computer security. “We make sure they attack in a masked manner so as not to go back to them,” he stressed.