What is Jackware? Ransomware's Vicious Cousin


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.

“It is not just people going in and doing a typical ransomware attack for money. They are motivated by other reasons, or at least claim they are,” said Daniel J. Healy, a partner with Anderson Kill. “Those are the types of people that have historically engaged in jackware attacks.”

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