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Major U.S. Chemical Firms Hit by Cyberattack

Operations at two major US-based chemical companies, Hexion and Momentive, were disrupted recently by a cyberattack reportedly involving LockerGoga, the ransomware that recently hit Norwegian aluminum giant Norsk Hydro.

In press releases published on Friday, Hexion and Momentive said they had been working on restoring networks and resuming normal operations after suffering “network security incidents” that prevented access to certain IT systems and data.

They both claimed that their manufacturing systems are on different networks and continued to operate normally with limited interruptions -- the attack appears to have mainly impacted “corporate functions.”

Vice’s Motherboard reported that both companies were hit on March 12 by LockerGoga, the ransomware that recently also infected systems at Norsk Hydro. The theory that LockerGoga was involved in the attacks on Hexion and Momentive is based on a screenshot of a ransom screen obtained by the publication from an employee.

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