Iowa grain cooperative says it's working to restore automated operations, but remains silent on cyberattack ransom


Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register (IA)

Oct 6, 2021 


An Iowa grain cooperative that was the target of a Russian-linked ransomware attack last month says it's working to recover, with about half its operations again computerized.


Meanwhile, another hacker group reportedly is claiming to have attacked a second Iowa cooperative.


New Cooperative, a farm services business with headquarters in Fort Dodge, said in a recent statement that "restoring automated control has always been our top priority, and at this time, over 50% of our operations are utilizing automated processes." 


It declined to comment this week on the ransomware group BlackMatter's demand for $5.9 million, saying the cyberattack is still under investigation.


In a post on the so-called "dark web," BlackMatter threatened to publish 1 terabyte of data it claimed to have stolen from New Cooperative if the ransom was not paid by Sept. 25.


Allan Liska, a senior intelligence analyst at cybersecurity group Recorded Future, said Tuesday...