Overcoming a ransomware attack

A ransomware cyberattack crippled the plant control server environment of a major international juice producer. Hackers demanded payment in return for access restoration. Tetra Pak supplied a critical system backup that successfully reinstated full operations.

Cyber security, data centre

Customer challenge – urgently restore disabled server

A sudden ransomware attack infected the customer’s plant control server environment with malicious code. Hackers encrypted and disabled the server and relevant backups. Without the server data, the customer could not prove to regulators that its product was safe to sell. The cybercriminals demanded a ransom to unlock the server and enable sales to resume. They threatened to publish sensitive data if the company failed to pay.

The customer did not wish to pay the ransom. However, it had not adequately maintained its firewall protection and did not store offline or off-site backups. Effective backups are essential for rebuilding data infrastructure from scratch in a short time frame.

Our solution – restore from backup

The attack occurred on a Sunday evening and the customer contacted Tetra Pak’s Global Information Management & Process Office the next morning. We immediately assembled a six-person team led by an incident response manager and including four automation specialists and a legal expert.

Our technicians had saved a full backup of the customer’s server during a routine maintenance visit some months earlier. We used this backup to restore the server infrastructure and fully reconfigure it remotely before sending the data to the customer for implementation. Sales were able to resume in one week, and the restored infrastructure avoided the need to pay a ransom.

Results achieved – higher awareness and improved readiness

The experience increased the customer’s awareness of how preventive measures are crucial to guarding against cyberattacks. The company adopted a range of actions for improved resilience, including remote support from Tetra Pak and processes to ensure the keeping of comprehensive and updated backups, including offline.

Case in short

Incident duration: One week, November 2021

Objective

  • Restore fully functioning plant control server environment after cyberattack
  • Avoid need to pay ransom demanded by malicious hackers

Results

  • Re-establishment of full functionality in one week
  • Preventive measures put in place to reduce future vulnerability

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