Fruit and vegetable fans may be forced to adjust their diets after operations of one of the industry’s largest companies are disrupted by ransomware (opens in new tab) attack.
Dole Food Company issued a press release saying it has suffered a ransomware attack that had a “limited” impact on its business.
The company said it is currently investigating “the scope of the incident”, notifying law enforcement and calling in a “leading third-party cybersecurity expert” to resolve the issue and secure the company’s systems .
While Dole’s initial estimate of the incident is that it was “limited,” other sources say the attack was disruptive enough to force the company to temporarily suspend some of its operations.
So, Beeping computer found a memo from a Texas supermarket that had been leaked on Facebook, telling Dole to close its manufacturing facilities in North America and suspend shipments.
“Dole Food Company is in the middle of a cyberattack and [we] subsequently shut down our systems across North America,” the memo read. “Our factories are shut down for today and all shipments are on hold,” the media quoted the announcement as saying.
Other details about the ransomware attack are not known at this time. We don’t know who the threat actor is, what ransomware variant was deployed, or what malware was used to compromise the company’s endpoints. We also don’t know exactly when the attack took place. However, the media noted that there has been a shortage of pre-packaged Dole salads for more than a week. It is difficult to say whether these two incidents are related.
According to the memo, Dole wants to deploy a “manual backup program,” which likely means it will switch to manual operations. That, while it may keep the business afloat, will certainly mean a slower pace for both production and distribution.
Via: Bleeping Computer (opens in new tab)