Alouette aluminum smelter lifts veil on cyberattack

According to the smelter’s president and CEO, Claude Josselin, it was a fraudulent email that allowed hackers to enter Alouette’s computer system.

We have fallen victim to a virus-tainted email. »

Quote from Claude Josselin, President and CEO of Aluette Aluminum Smelter

The attack was discovered overnight by the company’s IT team. Due to a malfunction the team was called in the middle of the night.

h ou 7h le matin on coupait tous les liens externes parce qu’on commençait à avoir des problèmes avec les serveurs et les gens en informatique ont suspecté une intrusion”,”text”:”À 6h ou 7h le matin on coupait tous les liens externes parce qu’on commençait à avoir des problèmes avec les serveurs et les gens en informatique ont suspecté une intrusion”}}”>At 6am or 7am we were cutting off all external links because we started having issues with the servers, and people in IT were suspicious of a hacksays Mr. Jocelyn.

President and CEO of Alouette, Claude Josselin

Photo: Radio Canada/Felix Label

Although the situation has improved, the company has not fully recovered from the attack.

We’re starting to put things in place to restore remote access to employeessays the director.

It specifies that measures must be added to ensure the cyber security of the aluminum smelter.

We are still a company that needs to be modernized at this level and we have a master plan of action that will last several more months.says Mr. Jocelyn.

Without wanting to confirm the exact source of the attack, Claude Josselin admitted that it came from a foreign company.

The Russian cybercriminal group claiming responsibility for the attack has posted on its website what it claims is 20% of the data stolen from Alouette.

fixed output

Despite this cybersecurity incident, Alouette did not deviate from its usual aluminum production.

This is indicated by the production results for the first quarter published on April 20 by Rio Tinto, a 40% shareholder in the Aloit aluminum smelter.

The September smelter produced 154,000 tons of aluminum during the first quarter of fiscal 2022, a decrease of less than 1% compared to production in the first quarter of 2021.

Our IT teams reacted very well, their reaction was very fast [à l’attaque]says Claude Jocelin.

President and CEO of the aluminum smelter Alouette explains that while all production management systems have been affected by computer failure, the production systems themselves have survived.

We had contingency plans ready. We were able to test them, and realized that some of them needed updating, others worked less, but many of them work very wellhe adds.

Claude Josselin expects total production to be around 628,000 tons of aluminum in 2022.

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