kelvinsecurity attacks PTC industries

Incident Date:

May 6, 2022

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kelvinsecurity attacks PTC industries


PTC industries




Sarai Sahjadi, India

Uttar Pradesh, India

First Reported

May 6, 2022

PTC Industries Suffers Ransomware Attack

PTC Industries, a prominent manufacturer in the aerospace, LNG processing, oil and gas, marine, energy, pulp & paper, petrochemical, and other engineering sectors, has fallen victim to a ransomware attack orchestrated by the Kelvinsecurity group. The incident was disclosed on the group's dark web leak site.

As a key figure in the manufacturing domain, PTC Industries boasts a diverse portfolio that spans investment casting, titanium powder manufacture, precision CNC machining, and leading-edge technologies. The company's extensive involvement across various sectors hints at its significant operational scale and its pivotal role in promoting sustainability through the adoption of renewable energy sources.

The cyber assault on PTC Industries mirrors a growing trend of cybercriminals targeting the manufacturing sector. In 2021, this sector accounted for 65% of industrial ransomware incidents, with metal components, automotive, and plastics/technology emerging as the most affected subsectors. Notably, ransomware groups such as Conti and Lockbit 2.0, responsible for 51% of all ransomware attacks that year, have marked manufacturers as particularly vulnerable and lucrative targets.

While specific vulnerabilities exploited in the attack on PTC Industries remain undisclosed, it is widely acknowledged that many manufacturers are ill-prepared for such cyber threats. This unpreparedness is often due to limited oversight of Operational Technology (OT) systems, inadequate network perimeters, exposure of OT systems to external connectivity, and the use of shared credentials, all of which facilitate ransomware group access to systems.

To fend off ransomware attacks, it is imperative for manufacturers to enhance the security of their IT and OT systems. This entails the hardening of devices connected to PTC systems, vigilant monitoring of rail networks for unusual activities, and strategic interventions in critical network segments to avert significant disruptions or accidents.

The ransomware attack on PTC Industries underscores the escalating risk of cybercriminals targeting the manufacturing industry. As this sector progresses towards greater digitalization and interconnectivity, prioritizing cybersecurity and adopting proactive defense measures are essential to safeguarding operational continuity and data integrity.


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