The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recently issued a warning to organizations in the Food and Agriculture (FA) sector that ransomware gangs may be more inclined to target them during harvest and planting seasons.
The FBI added that while ransomware groups frequently target the US agriculture sector, the frequency of assaults against such entities during such key seasons becomes noticeable.
Ransomware Operators After the Agriculture Sector: More Details
This fact was mentioned in a combined flash alert issued by the FBI, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS/CISA) on Wednesday.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is informing Food and Agriculture (FA) sector partners that ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical planting and harvest seasons, disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain. The FBI noted ransomware attacks during these seasons against six grain cooperatives during the fall 2021 harvest and two attacks in early 2022 that could impact the planting season by disrupting the supply of seeds and fertilizer. Cyber actors may perceive cooperatives as lucrative targets with a willingness to pay due to the