A section of the group’s IT environment was affected by the incident, said the company.
“It is a ransomware attack. We are still in the process of getting the full overview and making sure that we can support our customers – which we can. Feed factories, ordering and logistics are running with the help of IT systems that were not hit, some workarounds and manual processes,” Søren Møgelvang Nielsen, communication director, Danish Agro, told FeedNavigator today.
All customers are encouraged to contact the Danish Agro group via telephone or email while work is being done on restoring IT systems, according to an official statement released after the attack.
"We hope you will understand that things may take a little longer. We are working [intensively] with technicians and experienced external IT specialists to restore the IT systems,” said Group CEO, Henning Haahr.
The company said it is in the process of estimating when all of its IT systems will be restored and up and running again, and It will update the market accordingly.
The Danish Agro Group is owned by 9,000 Danish farmers.
Learning from a ransomware attack
Ransomware attacks continue to plague companies of all types, according to an article on DataCenterDynamics (DCD).
The article indicates six ways companies can learn from a ransomware attack.
Organizations of any size and sector can be vulnerable to attacks that encrypt files and render entire IT estates inoperable. Threat actors then demand ransom payments in return for decrypting the files and making the resources available again, said the author.
Rather than go through a long recovery process or attempt to use decryption tools, many organizations will simply pay the fee, despite official advice from the FBI and many cybersecurity companies warning that this only encourages attackers and propagates the problem, noted the article.