9 May 2022

Ransomware attack impacts operations of agricultural machinery maker AGCO


Ransomware attack impacts operations of agricultural machinery maker AGCO

The US-based agricultural machinery manufacturer AGCO reported a ransomware attack, which impacted operations at some of its production facilities.

AGCO sells tractors and combines, manufactures and assembles products in 42 locations worldwide with 1,810 dealerships in North America. It owns brands like Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Challenger, Gleaner, and Valtra.

The incident took place on April 5, the company said. AGCO did not disclose any details on how the attack occurred, who was behind it, or was any data stolen during the incident.

“AGCO is still investigating the extent of the attack, but it is anticipated that its business operations will be adversely affected for several days and potentially longer to fully resume all services depending upon how quickly the Company is able to repair its systems,” the manufacturer said in a statement.

Last month, the FBI warned of an increased risk of ransomware attacks targeting the agriculture sector in the US “during critical planting and harvest seasons, disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain.”


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