No business is safe from cyber threats these days, as Wiltshire Farm Foods has learnt, after being hit by online attacks last weekend.
Frozen food supplier Apetito’s UK arm Wiltshire Farm Foods was subject to a criminal security breach on Saturday, June 26th, disabling its IT systems and causing disruption to deliveries, Food Manufacture reported.
Paul Freeston, chair and chief executive of Apetito UK & North America, said: “We appreciate that this situation will cause substantial inconvenience for our customers.”
He went on to say: “We are seeking to establish whether any identifiable information (PII) has been compromised… We are confident that credit/debit card data has not been compromised as we do not hold this on our systems.”
To manage the situation, Apetito’s crisis management team has been working non-stop to review progress and deal with any issues that have cropped up.
The business has reported the incident, which it calls an “international criminal cyber-attack”, and is working alongside data protection bodies to reduce the impact on its customers.
Not only will this affect Wiltshire Farm Food buyers, but also those who use Meals on Wheels, such as care homes, nurseries, hospitals, schools, councils and charities, which Apetito provides food for.
Earlier this week, Apetito stated that due to limited access to the IT systems, it cannot take any new orders, as it was prioritising making sure supplies to senior citizens and clinics are delivered.
This comes after chief marketing officer at Wallix Group Edwige Brossard wrote in Tech Radar that companies should upgrade their cyber security, as new threats are emerging all the time.
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