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A well-known egg trader is the new victim of ransomware. Will Chickens Use Bitcoin?

May 20, 2020

Maze Ransomware Group claims Chop into the Sparboe egg farm in a post on their website.

Maze, a well-known group of cybercriminals, recently reported on their website that Sparboe was attacked. The post contains evidence that data has been stolen from the company.

Maze: a large cybercrime organization

The cyber security company’s threat analyst Emsisoft Brett Callow he said Cointelegraph so far the group with each labyrinth attack You have requested a ransom in Bitcoin (BTC). There also doesn’t seem to be a particularly easy and targeted way to protect companies from such attacks, as the group uses several forms of attack:

“As with other ransomware groups, Maze was found to use several methods to infiltrate corporate networks, including spam, the use of stolen credentials, and attacks on poorly configured or unprotected Internet systems.”

A well-known egg trader is the new victim of ransomware. Will Chickens Use Bitcoin?
A well-known egg trader is the new victim of ransomware. Will Chickens Use Bitcoin?

Maze is known to attack high profile companies and demand a particularly high ransom. Before, The group threatened to lose millions of credit card numbers after alleged hacking in Banco BCR, a Costa Rican state bank.

Maze seems to be following his usual strategy, that This includes making the victim’s data inaccessible by encrypting and stealing a copy. The group later requests two separate ransom notes to restore access to the victim’s data and another to promise that it will not expire.

As reported Cointelegraph Early May, Brett Callow told Cointelegraph about another maze hack:

“In a previous case, Maze claimed his claim was $ 2 million: $ 1 million to decrypt the victim’s data and another $ 1 million to destroy the copy.”

A controversial hack victim

According to the Sparboe website The chicken and egg dealer in Minnesota, founded in 1954You now have an estimated annual income of $ 30 million according to the owner’s corporate data website. The farm is a major producer, but in 2011 it was abandoned by McDonald’s and Target, one of his biggest customers after Sparboe was in the middle of an animal abuse scandal.

As CNN reported at the time, the animal rights group Mercy for Animals recorded an alleged undercover video on three Sparboe farms in Colorado, Iowa and Minnesota. The pictures showed workers abusing animals for fun, burning beaks and stacking birds in crowded cages. McDonald’s said in a statement:

“With regard to the videos, the actions are disruptive and completely unacceptable. McDonald’s would like to assure our customers that we treat animals from our suppliers humanely. […] It is important to note that the most alarming video actions at Sparboe’s Vincent, Iowa facilities that supply McDonald’s have not taken place. “