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An attack launched by an advanced persistent threat (APT) group against an unnamed steel plant in Germany resulted in significant damage, according a new report.

Cyberattacks on critical infrastructure are a reality and they’re becoming more frequent. An IT security report for 2014 published by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) on Wednesday describes a noteworthy incident that caused physical damage to a facility.

According to the agency, sophisticated attackers used spear-phishing and social engineering to gain access to the office network of a steel plant. From this network, they made their way into the organization’s production network.

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