Sep 23, 2021

Crystal Valley Suffers Ransomware Attack

Mankato, MN-based co-op is second this week to get hit by malicious software

According to its post on Facebook, Crystal Valley Cooperative, a full-service agricultural cooperative headquartered in Mankato, MN, was also a ransomware victim this past weekend.

On Friday, NEW Cooperative, Fort Dodge, IA, was targeted by a Russian-backed ransomware group, BlackMatter, which demanded $5.9 million to provide a decryptor.

The Crystal Valley Cooperative Facebook post read:

"Crystal Valley has been targeted in a ransomware attack. The attack has infected our computer systems and interrupted the daily operations of our company.

"Note: due to this, we are unable to accept VISA, Mastercard, and Discover cards at our cardtrols until further notice. Local cards do work.

"As we continue to navigate through this with the help of experts, we appreciate your patience and understanding. We will continue to update with information as it becomes available."

Crystal Valley is a farm supply and grain marketing cooperative focused on serving the needs of crop farmers and livestock producers in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.

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