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Ingredients Giant Ingredion Hit by Malware

Westchester, Illinois-based ingredients giant Ingredion Incorporated revealed this week that it recently detected suspicious activity on some data center servers.

Only a few details have been provided about the incident, but it appears that a piece of malware infected some of the company’s systems.

Ingredion says there is no evidence that customer, supplier or employee data has been compromised. The company says it has called in external experts to assist with restoring affected servers, and there may be some delays in transactions with customers and suppliers.

The ingredient solutions provider admitted that it “will take time” to restore some of the impacted systems.

SecurityWeek has reached out to Ingredion for more details and will update this article if the company responds. However, based on its brief description of the incident, this could be yet another case of a major company’s systems getting infected with a piece of file-encrypting ransomware.

Global shipping and ecommerce giant Pitney Bowes revealed this week that a recently disclosed security incident involved file-encrypting ransomware known as Ryuk, which hackers have used to obtain millions of dollars from private and government organizations.

Ingredion can be a tempting target for such attacks, considering that the company claims to have annual net sales of almost $6 billion. The company turns plant materials into ingredients and biomaterial solutions for the food, beverage and other industries across 120 countries around the world.

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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.