Written by Tim Starks
Oct 27, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP
A “cyber event” knocked plants and distribution centers offline at Schreiber Foods, a multibillion-dollar dairy company, a spokesperson told CyberScoop Wednesday.
The incident began affecting operations Friday evening, according Schreiber Foods’ Andrew Tobisch. “We began the process of bringing our plants and distribution centers back up late Monday,” he said.
Tobisch would not answer whether the “cyber event” was a ransomware attack, as one news outlet reported.
Nonetheless, it marks the latest incident afflicting the food and agriculture sector, a trend that has drawn attention from U.S. national security agencies in recent months. The May ransomware attack on meat supplier JBS, in which the firm paid an $11 million extortion fee, was the most prominent, followed by attacks on two grain cooperatives. Attackers hit Iowa-based New Cooperative in September, demanding $5.9 million, and Crystal Valley Cooperative, a Minnesota agriculture supplier.
That series of events triggered an FBI private industry notice, then a joint warning about the BlackMatter ransomware gang’s attacks on critical infrastructure from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Security Agency. Hackers also hit U.S. candy-maker Ferrera Candy with ransomware in