Dole confirms employee data was breached following February ransomware attack

This week, Dole Food Company revealed that hackers behind a February ransomware attack have accessed the data of an undisclosed number of employees.

“In February of 2023, we were the victim of a sophisticated ransomware attack involving unauthorized access to employee information,” said Dole in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday.

“Upon detecting the attack, we promptly took steps to contain the attack, retained the services of leading third-party cybersecurity experts and notified law enforcement.”

Jamie Akhtar, CEO & Co-Founder of CyberSmart commented “This story is a great illustration of the disruption a sophisticated ransomware attack can cause, particularly in a business with a lot of employees and sophisticated processes. It appears that the sheer number of staff Dole employs allowed the ransomware to spread like wildfire. However, it should also be said that Dole has handled the situation well. Despite some disruption, having a clear plan in place both for backup operations and notifying the relevant parties has allowed the company to minimise the damage.”

Jonathan Knudsen, head of global research at the Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Centre, added “In 2011, Marc Andreesen famously proclaimed, “Software is eating the world,” but a decade earlier Watts Humphrey beat him to the punch by saying, “Every bus ..

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