Halloween Horror-Show for Candy-Maker Hit by Ransomware
A major US confectionary manufacturer has been hit by ransomware at one of its busiest times of the year, according to reports.
Chicago-based Ferrara – which produces popular treats including Nerds, Everlasting Gobstoppers, Juicy Fruits and Gummy Bears – had some of its systems encrypted earlier this month.
It’s now working with law enforcement and third-party experts to restore these critical assets and get operations fully up and running again.
“We have resumed production in select manufacturing facilities, and we are shipping from all of our distribution centers across the country, near to capacity,” noted a company statement published by the Chicago Tribune. “We are also now working to process all orders in our queue.”
George Papamargaritis, MSS operations director at Obrela Security Industries, argued that threat actors are increasingly researching to plan attacks when target organizations are most vulnerable to ransomware lockdowns.
“Attackers are using ransomware to put organizations into a corner, where they are forced to pay. Unless you are prepared for ransomware, you stand to lose everything from these attacks,” he said.
“The best defense when it comes to ransomware all comes down to resilience and hardening systems through regular incidence response