Agricultural equipment maker AGCO reports ransomware attack

Some production facilities of agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO were affected by a ransomware attack this week, the company reported Friday.

“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 company said in a notice to shareholders.

The Duluth, Georgia-based company, which had more than $11 billion in sales last year, did not specify the nature of the ransomware or the attackers. It also did not say which of its global facilities were affected. AGCO has plants in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.

The company’s tractor and harvester brands include Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.

The announcement comes as the FBI has been warning the U.S. agricultural sector about potential attacks during planting or harvesting seasons. During harvest season in 2021, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an alert about BlackMatter ransomware targeting agricultural companies.

AGCO said it “will provide updates as the situation progresses.”

Joe Warminsky is the news editor for The Record. He has more than 25 years experience as an editor and writer in the Washington, D.C., area. Most recently he helped lead CyberScoop for more than five years. Prior to that, he was a digital editor at WAMU 88.5, the NPR affiliate in Washington, and he spent more than a decade editing coverage of Congress for CQ Roll Call.

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