The FBI’s Cyber Division published a notice this past week warning about increased cyber-attack threats on agricultural cooperatives, which follows a rash of strange fires and explosions at major food processing plants across the country.
FBI Warns of Targeted Cyber Attacks On Food Plants After Mysterious Rash Of Fires https://t.co/ZROMdqhST5
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) April 23, 2022
FBI Notification: https://t.co/FLWHCV6FjA
Long thread on recent fires in agriculture facilities:https://t.co/s0nTFkHQ4G
— Frank Grimes Jr. (@FrankGrimes_Jr) April 24, 2022
Per the FBI Cyber Division:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is informing Food and Agriculture (FA) sector partners that ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical planting and harvest seasons, disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain. The FBI noted ransomware attacks during these seasons against six grain cooperatives during the fall 2021 harvest and two attacks in early 2022 that could impact the planting season by disrupting the supply of seeds and fertilizer. Cyber actors may perceive cooperatives as lucrative targets with a willingness to pay due to the time sensitive role they play in agricultural production. Although ransomware attacks against the entire farm-to-table spectrum of the FA sector occur on a regular basis, the number of cyber attacks against agricultural cooperatives during key seasons is notable.
According to a February 2022 Joint Cybersecurity Advisory authored by cybersecurity authorities in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, ransomware tactics and techniques continued to evolve in 2021. Sophisticated, high-impact ransomware incidents against critical infrastructure organizations increased globally. The FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the National Security Agency (NSA) observed incidents involving ransomware against 14 of the 16 U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including FA, the Defense Industrial Base, Emergency Services, Government Facilities, and Information Technology Sectors.
The agency warned:
Since 2021, multiple agricultural cooperatives have been impacted by a variety of ransomware variants. Initial intrusion vectors included known but unpatched common vulnerabilities and exploits, as well as secondary infections from the exploitation of shared network resources or compromise of managed services. Production was impacted for some of the targeted entities, resulting in slower processing due to manual operations, while other targeted entities lost access to administrative functions such as websites and email but did not have production
A significant disruption of grain production could impact the entire food chain, since grain is not only consumed by humans but also used for animal feed. In addition, a significant disruption of grain and corn production could impact commodities trading and stocks. An attack that disrupts processing at a protein or dairy facility can quickly result in spoiled products and have cascading effects down to the farm level as animals cannot be processed.
Zero Hedge commented:
The FBI’s warning comes as “nearly two dozen food processing facilities across Canada and the US” have experienced a “string of fires, plane crashes and explosions,” according to The Western Standard.
The most recent incidents were fires at two Oregon-based food processing plants. The first, on Monday night, a fire destroyed Azure Standard’s joint headquarters and warehouse facilities. The second was an explosion on Tuesday at a Shearer’s Foods plant.
Internet sleuths pieced together a compilation of headlines showing a spate of fires at food processing plants across the country in the last year or so.
WeLoveTrump has highlighted several of these strange occurrences at food processing plants across the country.
— Jess Clarke (@JessClarke007) April 22, 2022
Tucker Carlson recently asked on his show what's going on at our food processing plants: