On Monday, ransomware group BlackMatter hit NEW Cooperative, headquartered in Fort Dodge, IA, and demanded $5.9 million to provide a decryptor, according to screenshots shared online by threat intel analysts.
ARS Technica reported the grain cooperative stated the attack could significantly impact the public supply of grain, pork and chicken if it could not bring its systems back online.
"Your website says you do not attack critical infrastructure. We are critical infrastructure... intertwined with the food supply chain in the U.S. If we are not able to recover very shortly, there is going to be very, very public disruption to the grain, pork and chicken supply chain," a NEW Cooperative representative appears to be telling BlackMatter during a private negotiation chat.
Read the full report at ARS Technica.