When Halloween is just around the corner as ransomware hackers locked its computers, a major American candy manufacturer is trying to satisfy orders before Halloween.
This Chicago based company Ferrara is well known for its candies like Laffy Taffy, Nerds, SweeTarts, Red Hots, Boston Baked Beans, Atomic Fireballs, Lemonhead candies, Pixy Stix, and Everlasting Gobstoppers, only “select manufacturing facilities” have been allowed to restart production, according to an emailed statement from a spokesman on Wednesday.
In recent years, ransomware, a destructive type of cybercrime in which hackers take control of an organization’s computers and demand money in exchange for letting them go and not leaking information to the public, has been used to extort billions of dollars from businesses all over the world.
Even the food supply chain isn’t immune to contamination: At least three-grain wholesalers in the Midwest have been hacked in recent weeks.
Ferrara initially detected hackers encrypting its computers and demanding money on Oct. 9, according to the statement, and has recruited outside specialists to assist recover its systems. It made the attack public on Tuesday.
“We appreciate our employees’ and customers’ patience and understanding,” says the spokesperson.
A spokeswoman for the company declined to specify how many orders it planned to fulfill before Halloween. According to the representative, all of the company’s candy distribution locations are now delivering out the goods.