A recent ransomware attack on food giant Dole allowed hackers to steal sensitive data from an unknown number of employees, the company has confirmed.
The company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) say it “has experienced cybersecurity incidents in the past and may face them in the future.” “In February 2023, we fell victim to a sophisticated ransomware attack that included unauthorized access to employee information.”
Details are scarce and we do not yet know what information was collected or from how many employees, but Dole operates in more than 75 countries and employs approximately 40,000 people. are hiring
In February 2023, the company was hit by a ransomware attack, revealing “limited” impact on its business.
“Our factory was closed for the day and all shipments are on hold,” the announcement said.
Still, further investigation revealed that the company had to temporarily suspend some operations as a result. For example, a Texas grocery store memo posted on Facebook said the company had shut down its North American production plants and suspended shipments.
“Doll Food Company is in the midst of a cyberattack, [we] We have since shut down systems across North America,” the memo said.
(opens in new tab) The attack happened almost a month ago, but no one has yet claimed responsibility or announced the attack on the data breach website, so we have no information about the attacker. It is also unclear what encryption tools were used or if malware was used to compromise the company’s network and endpoints.
Some media outlets have speculated that a shortage of prepackaged dol salads observed a week before the announcement of the ransomware attack may be related. According to the note, Dole was considering deploying a “manual backup program.” This probably meant that I had to switch to manual operation.
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