Schreiber Foods back to normal after ransomware attack shuts down milk plants

Schreiber Foods said its plants and distribution centers are back up and running after a ransomware attack took down their systems earlier last weekend. 

The food production giant became the latest critical industry company to be hit with ransomware in recent months as cybercriminals continue to show little fear in attacking a variety of industries. Schreiber Foods mostly focuses on yogurt, processed and natural cheese as well as cream cheese.

Andrew Tobisch, director of communications for Schreiber Foods, told ZDNet that the “cyber event” impacted their systems starting on Friday and lasting through the weekend. 

“That meant our plants and distribution centers couldn’t use those systems, which they need to run. It impacted all of our locations, but fortunately, we have a specialized response team that immediately jumped into action and began working to resolve the matter,” Tobisch said. 

“As a result, we’ve made great progress, and our plants began to come back online late Monday, October 25.”

Wisconsin State Farmer reported this week that Schreiber — one of the biggest milk processors in the state — had been hit with a $2.5 million ransom demand after the attack. 

According to the news outlet, the company began telling milk transporters about the issues with their computer systems

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