Ransomware attack makes Dutch supermarkets run out of cheese. Yesterday Bakker Logistiek, the largest logistics service provider in the Netherlands, offered their air-conditioned warehousing, and food transportation for Dutch supermarkets was disrupted due to a ransomware attack.
Bakker director Toon Verhoeven told NOS –
We could no longer receive orders from customers and in our warehouses, we no longer knew where products were. These are very large warehouses, you don’t just go looking for a pallet. We also couldn’t plan our transports anymore. We have hundreds of trucks, which was not done by hand either.
As a result of the disruption, there was a shortage of food products, main cheese at Albert Heijen, Netherlands largest supermarket chain.
Albert Heijn published a notice on their website informing their customers about the limited availability.
According to Bakker Logistiek, the affected systems have been restored using backups. Work has started to get back on track as they begin to deliver to the customers.
Toon Verhoeven said it was unclear who targeted Bakker Logistiek. He felt the hackers were able to gain access to their systems via the recently reported Microsoft Exchange ProxyLogon vulnerabilities.
Similar ransomware attacks have also been carried out earlier on conditioned warehouse operators. Earlier in November Americold also experienced a similar ransomware attack that crippled their phone systems, email, inventory management, and order fulfillment.