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“With ransomware, they (hackers) are really trying to hold onto your data, they want to take control of it and make you pay to get it back,” Anderson Kill’s Daniel J. Healy said during a RISKWOLRD education session. “Jackware is not focused on that. Jackware wants to take over your machine and make it do things you don’t want it to do.” (Credit: igorstevanovic/Shutterstock.com) “With ransomware, they (hackers) are really trying to hold onto your data, they want to take control of it and make you pay to get it back,” Anderson Kill’s Daniel J. Healy said during a RISKWOLRD education session. “Jackware is not focused on that. Jackware wants to take over your machine and make it do things you don’t want it to do.” (Credit: igorstevanovic/Shutterstock.com)

More than a decade ago, hackers gained access and took control of a blast furnace inside of a German industrial site. Turning the temperature up well beyond 2,000 degrees, the attack resulted in a portion of the factory burning down and met the hackers’ goal of closing the plant.

This was one of the earliest reported “jackware” attacks.

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Steve Hallo

Steve Hallo is managing editor of PropertyCasualty360.com. He can be reached at [email protected].  

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