Visual Content
"Data Security"

Americold Suffers Second Network Breach in Three Years

May 2, 2023
Cold storage and logistics company requested customers cancel inbound and most outbound deliveries after it had to shut down its breached network.

A network breach at cold storage and logistics company Americold — the second to hit the company in the past three years — caused the company to delay both inbound and outbound deliveries last week, according to a report from an information security and technology news publication late last week.

In addition, Americold filed a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) acknowledging the attack and its work to contain the problem.

According to a memo sent to customers by the company and quoted by the publication, Americold had contained the attack, shut down the network and was investigating what had happened. It anticipated its systems would be down until the middle of this week. The company requested that customers cancel all inbound deliveries and reschedule all outbound deliveries except those for which product was about to expire.

Beyond the leaked memo and the SEC filing, Americold did not comment to news outlets further on the situation. The attack is the second in less than three years on Americold, which was hit in November 2020 by a cyberattack that affected phone, email, inventory management and order fulfillment systems, according to the same IT/security news outlet.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

Sponsored Recommendations

F&B Manufacturer Implements Powerful Cybersecurity

A leading F&B manufacturer has moved to harness the skills of Rockwell Automation and Claroty to harden their OT and IT defences.

6 Ways to Augment Your Food and Beverage Workforce

Modern digital tools and technologies help attract, retain and empower a modern workforce.

2024 Manufacturing Trends - Unpacking AI, Workforce, and Cybersecurity

The world of manufacturing is changing, and Generative AI is one of the many change agents. The 2024 State of Smart Manufacturing Report takes a deep dive into how Generative ...

Better OT Asset Management Increases Uptime

A food and beverage company streamlines and simplifies its OT cybersecurity to increase system reliability and uptime.