Agricultural machinery manufacturer AGCO affected by ransomware

Sicherheit (Pexels, allgemeine Nutzung)[German]Small addendum from last week regarding ransomware infection. The US corporation AGCO, which manufactures agricultural machinery, has been affected by a ransomware infection that has a global impact. This affects sine production sites world wide. Some production lines for the agricultural machinery are on hold since last Friday.


Ransomware at AGCO

I notices first reports yesterday, the confirmation of the AGCO group went out already 4 days ago, on Friday, May 6, 2022. The infection with ransomware already took place on Thursday, May 5, 2022. AGCO writes that only some of its production facilities were affected. AGCO is still investigating the extent of the attack, according to the statement issued earlier Friday, but expects business operations to be impacted for several days and it may take longer to fully resume all services. That depends on how quickly the company is able to repair its systems.

Here in Germany the cyber attack affects the German subsidiary Fendt. Currently, a large part of the 4,000 employees cannot work, due to the outage caused by the ransomware. It is currently unclear who is behind the cyber attack. Unofficially, it is said that the attack took place from Finland – although this does not mean anything. Further details are probably not yet available.

Who is AGCO?

AGCO (Allis-Gleaner Corporation) is a U.S. industrial corporation founded in 1990 and headquartered in Duluth (Georgia), USA. The focus of its business activities is on the production and sale of machinery and equipment for use in the agricultural sector, primarily tractors and combine harvesters. Well-known brands include Fella, Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra and Challenger.

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