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Asian Food Distribution Giant JFC International Hit by Ransomware

JFC International, a major distributor and wholesaler of Asian food products, last week revealed that it was recently targeted in a ransomware attack that disrupted some of its IT systems.

The attack apparently only impacted JFC International’s Europe Group, which said it had notified authorities, employees and business partners about the incident.

“A full forensic investigation by in-house specialists together with external cyber experts was immediately started and is underway. Normal conduct of business in Europe will be up and running after a brief interruption for security reasons. The affected servers were secured,” the company said in a statement posted on its European website.

SecurityWeek has reached out to JFC for more information on the type of ransomware involved in the attack and to find out whether any information was compromised. It is possible that the attackers also gained access to some information given that the company described it as a “data security incident.”

JFC International, a subsidiary of Japanese food manufacturer Kikkoman, has been around in various forms for more than a century. In addition to importing branded products from other companies, JFC offers its own products to retailers and restaurants.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.