Cyber Attack On Food Giant Dole Shuts Down Production Plants In North America

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A recent cyber attack on produce giant Dole forced them to shut down production plants and halt food shipments to grocery stores, according to a company memo obtained by CNN.

In a February 10 memo to retailers, Emanuel Lazopoulos, senior vice president at Dole’s Fresh Vegetables division said: “Dole Food Company is in the midst of a Cyber Attack and have subsequently shut down our systems throughout North America”

CNN reports: The previously unreported hack — which a source familiar with the incident said was ransomware — led some grocery shoppers to complain on Facebook in recent days that store shelves were missing Dole-made salad kits.

“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, said in a February 10 memo to retailers.

Dole has four processing plants in the US and employs more than 3,000 people, according to a recent company press release.

After CNN published this story on Wednesday afternoon, Dole spokesperson William Goldfield sent CNN a statement confirming that ransomware was the cause of the incident.

“The company has notified law enforcement about the incident and are cooperating with their investigation,” Dole’s statement said in part. “While continuing to investigate the scope of the incident, the impact to Dole operations has been limited.”

However, two grocery stores in Texas and New Mexico contacted by CNN on Wednesday said they couldn’t stock Dole salad kits on their shelves for days.

Clayton Ranch Market, in the small town of Clayton, New Mexico, near the border with Oklahoma and Texas, has been short of salad kits since the beginning of last week, Jeff Russell, assistant manager of the store’s produce section, told CNN by phone on Wednesday.

A cyberattack on Dole was the cause of the salad shortage, Adam Wolfe, the store’s manager, told CNN, citing the Dole memo, which he said his store received from its wholesale grocery provider, Affiliated Foods Inc., in Texas.

Russell, the produce manager, rattled off the salad kits his store was out of on Tuesday, the most recent full day of inventory, from Dole Chopped Sesame to Dole Butter Bliss.

“They [customers] are upset, but it happens,” Russell told CNN. “We can’t do nothing about it except [put in the orders].”

Mary Underwood, an employee at Stewart’s Food Store, in Olney, Texas, more than 100 miles west of Dallas, told CNN on Wednesday that the store had struggled to get Dole salads for several days. Customers started asking questions about the bare shelves, Underwood said, prompting the store to post the Dole memo about the cyberattack on its Facebook page.

In its statement, Dole said it “moved quickly to contain the threat” after learning of the incident, and “engaged leading third-party cybersecurity experts, who have been working in partnership with Dole’s internal teams to remediate the issue and secure systems.”

It was not immediately clear how long the company had to keep production offline. Goldfield, the Dole spokesperson, declined to answer questions on the incident, including whether a ransom was demanded by the hackers. The Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency and the Department of Agriculture did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.


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  2. Just seeing the tree you see people are upset they didn’t get their daily ration of GMOs and pesticides and they’ll have to stop being lazy and make their own salad – god forbid. This cyber whatever did them a favor.

    Seeing the forest for the trees: These cyber attacks, inflation, crop destruction via weather manipulation and fertilizer shortages, fires, disease and planes hitting food processing plants is being done by design. Wait until spring when the normies realize they can’t afford food anymore and there isn’t much to buy anyway.

  3. Are people of the US that obsessed with buying already processed foods? Can’t you buy the ingredients in the package separately and prepare fresh at home. It’s laziness and convenience driven.
    For a company it’s size, can’t believe it only employs 3000 in the US.

  4. This is a result on relying far too much on the use of the internet and all the available electronic technology. I knew this would happen decades ago. This is just the beginning.

  5. The kosher banksters WEF is ordering the White Race decimated. They don’t like their children to be brown with an IQ of 90.

    “The ultimate goal is the forcible-coordination of all countries of the world: That shall be achieved
    by mixing the races with the goal to create a light brown race in Europe. For
    that reason 1.5 million immigrants from the third world shall migrate to Europe
    every year. The result would be a population with an AVERAGE IQ OF 90 that is
    so dumb to grasp anything but intelligent enough to work. The European
    countries would NEVER AGAIN BE COMPETITORS in the struggle for global
    domination and a multiple millennia old culture would be destroyed. Irrational
    people who will fight against this “mingling of races”, and put up any
    resistance against the global world order, should be killed.” — Thomas P.M. Barnett, JEW,
    director of the Israeli military consultancy ‘Wikistrat’ in his book ‘The Pentagon’s New Map’, 2004

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