Steel Giant Hacked; Info Leaked

Monday, January 9, 2012 @ 06:01 PM gHale

For those manufacturing automation leaders that think their company will never suffer from a hack attack, think again as Anonymous breached the main website belonging to ArcelorMittal, the largest steel producing company in the world.

They ended up leaking out a large quantity of information from the steel giant’s databases.

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ArcelorMittal’s website ( was offline for a while as the company’s IT department patched up the holes and assessed the damage. The site is now back up and running.

“We will fight with all the energy and all the computer resources we have forgotten to take part in this world and defend them against their torturer who operate in a way that we surnoise is unbearable,” Anonymous Belgium said in a video statement.

The group also apologizes to the media for confusing them with their lack of cooperation, but they claim that it is necessary for the “continuity and smooth operation and avoid leaks that could possibly harm [them].”

Several cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection vulnerabilities allowed the hackers to breach their website and leak information on their users and administrators.

Only a couple of days passed since they first threatened ArcelorMittal and now they’ve actually caused some serious damage to the company’s online infrastructure.

Whether it is a hacktivist group like Anonymous or an attacker trying to get into your system, companies need to have a plan and stay on constant vigil to ensure their systems remain up and running.

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