Dole, one of the world’s largest producers of fruits and vegetables, has experienced a ransomware attack that temporarily shut down its production and disrupted its food sales. The attack occurred earlier this month, and the company released a brief official statement about the incident earlier this morning which included no further details. Anonymous sources, however, have confirmed that Dole’s IT systems were hit by a ransomware attack, which led to the temporary shutdown of some of its facilities. The attack reportedly impacted Dole’s ability to ship and receive products, resulting in supply chain disruptions. The company had to rely on manual processes to manage orders and inventory during the downtime, which caused delays and backlogs. It is not clear how much ransom the attackers demanded, and whether Dole paid the ransom.
This situation highlights the potential impact of cyber attacks on the food supply chain, which is a critical infrastructure that requires secure and resilient systems. The disruption of food supplies can have severe consequences for public health and safety, as well as economic and social stability. The continuance of ransomware attacks against businesses that are part of critical infrastructure emphasizes the need for organizations to continue to invest in cybersecurity and risk management processes, people, and solutions to protect their operations and customers from cyber threats.