Our timeline shows known attacks on companies in the FMCG industry in 2021
Cyberattacks on Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies in 2021. - Usable under the license CC BY 4.0. Credits: KonBriefing.com/Bert Kondruss.
What is the FMCG market?
FMCG stands for "Fast Moving Consumer Goods". These are everyday goods that are purchased frequently, for example food and cleaning products. Our timeline includes companies along the entire value chain, i.e. agricultural companies, food producers, wholesalers and retailers.
Type of cyber attacks
Not all companies have named the exact nature of the attack. In most cases, however, it is likely to have been ransomware, in which criminals penetrate the corporate network, extract the data and then encrypt it on the corporate computers, after which they demand money from the companies to decrypt the data. If the money is not paid, the criminals publish the data on the Internet or auction it off.
The following attacks had a high attention value:
November 2021: Cyberattack on MediaMarktSaturn, as a result of which, among other things, the checkouts could no longer be used.
The timeline shows hacker attacks that have become public knowledge. The number of unreported cases is likely to be low for large companies with contact to end customers. It is likely to be higher for companies at the beginning and in the middle of the value chain, for small companies, and for companies in countries with less common languages or less reporting.
Details and sources
Ransomware at food wholesaler
JFC International (Europe) - Düsseldorf, Germany
Data theft at US grocery chain
Kroger - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Through a vulnerability in file transfer software.
Cyber attack on a major brewery in the USA
Molson Coors - Chicago, Illinois, USA
Cyber attack on grocer in Austria
Nah- und Frisch-Markt - Türnitz, Lower Austria, Austria
Cyber attack on retail chain in Germany
Tegut - Fulda, Hesse, Germany
Cyber attack on Dutch food logistics company
Bakker Logistiek - Zeewolde, Netherlands
Hacker attack on dairy in Germany
Ehrmann - Oberschönegg, Bavaria, Germany
Cyber attack on world's largest meat producer
JBS - São Paulo, Brazil
The company paid a ransom of 11 million dollar.
Customer data stolen from Dutch pizza chain
New York Pizza - Netherlands
Attack on electronics retailer in Singapore
Audio House - Singapore
Cyber attack on fast food chain in USA, South Korea and Taiwan
McDonald's - Oak Brook, Illinois, USA
Danish branch of a large DIY chain hit by hacker attack
Bauhaus Denmark - Tilst, Denmark
Hacker attack on dairy in Austria
Salzburgmilch - Salzburg, Austria
June 23, 2021
Cyber attack on a supplier of organic products in the UK
Daylesford Organic Ltd - London, United Kingdom
Kaseya VSA: Swedish supermarket chain forced to close stores after cyber attack
Coop - Sweden
As a result of the attack on the remote support software VSA, a Swedish supermarket chain had to close about 500 stores because the cash registers stopped working.
Hacker attack on Italian food chain
Eataly S.p.A. - Monticello d’Alba, Italy
August 19, 2021
Cyber attack on Brazilian retail chain
Lojas Renner SA - Porto Alegre, Brazil
Lojas Renner SA is headquartered in Porto Alegre and employs approximately 22,000 people. There were disruptions to operations, no ransom was paid.
07 September 2021
Cyber attack on French liquor manufacturer
Bardinet S. A. - Blanquefort, France
October 9, 2021
Ransomware at major candy manufacturer in the U.S.
Ferrara Candy - Chicago, Illinois, USA
October 22, 2021
Ransomware attack on Italian snack manufacturer
San Carlo - Milano, Italy
October 23, 2021
Website and app of a major UK grocery store chain down after cyberattack
Tesco plc - Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, UK
October 23, 2021
Ransomware at dairy company in Wisconsin
Schreiber Foods Inc. - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA (Brown County)
3 November 2021
Cyber attack on French agricultural group
Avril SCA - Puteaux, Île-de-France, France
8 November 2021
Ransomware at German electronics store chain
MediaMarktSaturn - Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany
11 November 2021
Cyberattack on a brewery in Barcelona, Spain
S.A. Damm - Barcelona, Spain
14 November 2021
Cyber attack on warehouse club in the Philippines
S&R Membership Shopping - Parañaque, Philippines
Cyber attack on a food wholesaler in western Switzerland
CultureFood - Fribourg, Switzerland
Cyber attack on fish company in Germany
Deutsche See GmbH - Bremerhaven, Germany
5 December 2021
Cyber attack on the supermarket chain Spar in England
Spar / James Hall & Company - United Kingdom
19 December 2021
Cyber attack on fishing company in Greenland
Royal Greenland A/S - Nuuk, Greenland
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