Cybercriminals See Bountiful Harvest in Food Supply Chain

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The US Department of Justice put the food and agriculture sector on notice that companies need to beef up cybersecurity or risk attacks that could hobble their business and affect the critical infrastructure responsible for the US food supply.

In a Private Industry Notice (PIN) published Sept. 1, the FBI warned that cybercriminals are increasingly targeting the sector with ransomware and other attacks. Citing an unnamed private industry report, the notice stated that the increased use of automation in the food and agriculture sector has boosted the number of potential weak points that attackers could exploit.

“Ransomware may impact businesses across the sector, from small farms to large producers, processors and manufacturers, and markets and restaurants,” the advisory stated. “Cybercriminal threat actors exploit network vulnerabilities to exfiltrate data and encrypt systems in a sector that is increasingly reliant on smart technologies, industrial control systems, and internet-based automation systems.”

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