Dole hit with Ransomware Attack
Ransomware Attack On Food Giant Dole Temporarily Shuttered US Production
Dole Food is one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of fresh fruits and vegetables. An alarming report reveals the company temporarily shuttered all operations across North America after a cyberattack earlier this month.
“Dole Food Company is in the midst of a Cyber Attack and have subsequently shut down our systems throughout North America,” Emanuel Lazopoulos, senior vice president at Dole’s Fresh Vegetables division, wrote in a memo to retailers on Feb. 10.
Dole sent the memo to supermarkets after customers complained about its prepackaged salads, which include salad blends, salad kits, and ready-to-eat salads, being out of stock.
“Our plants are shut down for the day and all our shipments are on hold.
“Please bear with us as we navigate our way and hopefully we will minimize this event,” the internal memo continued.”
What’s not clear is how long the company had to shutter production. There was no word if the company paid a ransom to hackers.