Apetito, the Germany-based supplier of frozen foods, has uncovered a cyber attack on its operations.
The private company, which serves foodservice and retail customers, has issued a brief statement detailing the impact on its operations to date.
“We currently have no access to our IT-supported systems because our servers were attacked. For this reason, among other things, orders are currently not possible,” said the Rhein-based company Apetito in its online statement.
“Unfortunately, it is not yet clear when we can be reached again. Customers can contact their responsible sales representative.
“Our top priority is to ensure the supply of clinics and retirement homes as well as seniors at home through the delivery of replacement menus. An internal and external team of experts is working flat out on an analysis and solutions.”
No details have been released giving an indication of the nature of the cyber attack.
This is reported by the daily newspaper Rheine Munsterland People’s NewspaperThe attack happened on Saturday evening.
Apetito reportedly generated more than €1 billion (US$1.05 billion) in sales last year.
In February, KP Snacks, the British company that is part of the Germany-based Intersnack group, was hit by a ransomware attack.
In May last year, Brazil-based meat giant JBS saw its servers supporting the company’s North American and Australian IT systems the target of what the company called an “organized cybersecurity attack.”
Within four days, JBS announced a “resolution” of the violation and said its factories were “fully operational.” The company said it paid “the equivalent” of $11 million to the hackers — according to FBI REvil, a Russian cybercriminal group also known as Sodinokibi — after consulting “internal IT experts and external cybersecurity experts.” .
The affair followed similar incidents in recent years at US brewer Molson Coors Beverage Co., Mondelez International and fast food chain Wendy’s.
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