(Bloomberg) -- Hackers are increasingly targeting industrial facilities, from oil refineries to nuclear power plants, with sophisticated attacks aimed at capturing data and remotely controlling the sites, according to a Honeywell International Inc. executive.

Honeywell has seen evidence of threats from nation-states and "sponsored attackers" backed by nations in two-thirds of the 30 industrial sectors the company tracks at its Duluth, Georgia-based cyber research lab, according to Eric Knapp, chief cybersecurity engineer at Honeywell Process Solutions. The unit provides cybersecurity for more than 400 industrial sites worldwide, including oil and gas producers, chemical and power plants, natural gas processors, and mining and water treatment facilities.

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