Oct 11, 2021

Ransomware Hackers Find Vulnerable Target in U.S. Grain Supply

Attacks have slowed distributors’ operations by hampering their ability to quickly process grain

source: NBC News

At least three U.S. grain distributors’ systems have been infected with ransomware in recent weeks, raising concerns that hackers have found an easy target in a vital part of the U.S. food supply chain, reports NBC News.

The attacks, in which organized cybercriminals lock up organizations’ computers and demand ransom for a program to unlock them, has slowed the distributors’ operations, hampering their ability to quickly process grain as it comes in.

The fact that there have been three known attacks in a short span indicates that the hackers may have broken into a company that manages internet services in the industry or found a vulnerability in software they tend to use, Allan Liska, a ransomware analyst for the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, told NBC News.

That means there may be other victims who have yet to be made public, he said.

Read the full report at NBC News.

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