According to the research report by the University of Minnesota’s Food Protection and Defense Institute states that the food industry is vulnerable to a large number of cyberattacks, and the systems that food companies use for processing and manufacturing could be the most vulnerable and as such, serve as an attractive target for an attack—especially as industries that are currently common targets improve their cybersecurity.
Recently, our researchers identified a leak post in which the Netwalker ransomware operators claimed to have breached Bridgford Foods – Founded in the year 1932, and since then the company has been a well-known producer and distributor of superior quality food products. With over 500 employees the company has been earning annual revenue of $237 million.
Netwalker operators have claimed the attack through the message posted on their online blog-:
The Netwalker group has also shared a few screenshots to support their claim in which you can spot data folders and data files such as accounting, Amazon, Walmart, marketing-related data, payroll files, payment statements, bank emails, and much more. Below are the snapshots of the sample of the data leak of Bridgford Foods.`
It seems that the Netwalker ransomware group would tend to publish company’s sensitive data within a period of 29 days.
Tips on how to prevent ransomware attacks –
- Never click on unverified/unidentified links
- Do not open untrusted email attachments
- Only download from sites you trust
- Never use unfamiliar USBs
- Use security software and keep it updated
- Backup your data periodically
- Isolate the infected system from the network
- Use mail server content scanning and filtering
It is recommended to follow above mentioned prevention methods and never pay the ransom.
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