Illinois candy giant hit with ransomware weeks before Halloween

Ferrara Candy — the candy giant behind Nerds, Laffy Taffy, Now and Laters, SweetTarts, Jaw Busters, Nips, Runts and Gobstoppers — announced that it was hit with a ransomware attack just weeks before it prepares for one of its biggest holidays: Halloween.

The Illinois-based company told ZDNet in a statement that on October 9, they “disrupted a ransomware attack” that encrypted some of their systems. 

“Upon discovery, we immediately responded to secure all systems and commence an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident. Ferrara is cooperating with law enforcement and our technical team is working closely with third-party specialists to fully restore impacted systems as expeditiously and as safely as possible,” Ferrara said in a statement to ZDNet. 

“We have resumed production in select manufacturing facilities, and we are shipping from all of our distribution centers across the country, near to capacity. We are also now working to process all orders in our queue. We want to assure consumers that Ferrara’s Halloween products are on shelves at retailers across the country ahead of the holiday.”

Ferrara did not say if it paid a ransom or what ransomware group attacked their systems.

The Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago were the first to report

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