Written by Suzanne Smalley
Apr 20, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP
The FBI on Wednesday alerted food and agriculture companies to be prepared for ransomware operatives to potentially attack agricultural entities during planting and harvest seasons — a time frame the feds warned is more likely to draw the attention of ransomware actors bent on leveraging the sector at its most vulnerable, including now as the spring planting season gets underway.
The FBI’s notice to industry asserted that ransomware hackers are bent on “disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain,” and noted there were ransomware attacks against six grain cooperatives during the fall 2021 harvest, along with two attacks in early 2022 against targets the bureau did not name that could affect the planting season by disrupting the supply of seeds and fertilizer.
Wednesday’s FBI notice revealed for the first time how extensive ransomware attacks against agricultural targets were last year and earlier this year, according to Allan Liska, an intelligence analyst at Recorded Future.
“While a couple of the attacks against agricultural co-ops were known, there were a lot more that didn’t make the news,” Liska said via email. “This may be a sign of a common