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NEWS > Cyber-Attacks > Ransomware
by Kevin Wood

Kraft Heinz on High Alert: Global Food Giant Under Siege by Notorious Snatch Ransomware Group



Ransomware Bites, But Kraft Doesn’t… Crack(er)?

In an alarming development that’s sending shockwaves through the global food industry, Kraft Heinz, one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, has found itself in the crosshairs of the infamous Snatch ransomware group. This unsettling revelation comes amid a series of high-profile cyberattacks that have left companies and consumers alike questioning the security of their data and supply chains.

Sources reveal that Snatch, a group known for its ruthless ransomware-as-a-service operations and double-extortion tactics, claimed to have infiltrated Kraft Heinz’s IT infrastructure as early as August. While Kraft Heinz maintains that its internal systems are functioning normally, the shadow of doubt looms large over the veracity of these claims, especially considering the group’s notorious history.

Snatch, believed to be Russia-based, targets a wide range of sectors including defense, critical infrastructure, technology, and now, the food and agriculture industry. This diversity in targets illustrates the group’s sophisticated and indiscriminate approach, striking fear and uncertainty in organizations worldwide.

The method of attack is as cunning as it is effective. Snatch commonly exploits vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) deployments, brute-forcing their way into networks and securing admin credentials. This allows them unprecedented access to sensitive information, which they then threaten to release unless a hefty ransom is paid. Disturbingly, the FBI has observed the group lurking undetected in victims’ networks for up to three months before striking.

The implications of such a breach at Kraft Heinz cannot be understated. As the producer of household brands like Oscar Meyer, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, and Grey Poupon, a successful attack could potentially disrupt supply chains and consumer access to essential food products. The ghost of the Clorox cleaning supply shortage of 2023, a result of a similar attack, still haunts the industry and consumers alike.

This attack also raises critical questions about cybersecurity readiness in the food and beverage sector. With Kraft Heinz employing approximately 40,000 people across 40 countries and netting $26 billion in sales in 2022, the scale of potential damage is immense. Moreover, the fact that other major players like Tyson Foods and JBS USA have also been targeted by ransomware groups underscores the vulnerability of the industry as a whole.

As businesses scramble to bolster their defenses, this serves as a grim reminder of the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape. Companies must now consider not just the immediate financial implications of such attacks but also the long-term damage to consumer trust and brand reputation.

For readers and businesses alike, the message is clear: cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue; it’s a critical business imperative. The Kraft Heinz incident is a stark wake-up call to all organizations to reassess their cybersecurity posture and prepare for the inevitable. In this digital age, no one is safe from the clutches of cybercriminals, and complacency could be the biggest threat of all.

For those concerned about their cybersecurity readiness, consulting with experts like Balance Business Group can provide invaluable insights and solutions to safeguard against such insidious threats. Remember, in the face of ransomware, preparation and proactive defense are your best weapons.

“In the face of ransomware, preparation and proactive defense are your best weapons.”


  • Assess and Fortify: Are your cybersecurity defenses robust enough to withstand a ransomware attack? BBG’s comprehensive risk assessments identify vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.
  • Employee Awareness Training: The human element is often the weakest link. Equip your team with knowledge and tools to recognize and report cyber threats, reducing the risk of a successful attack.
  • Advanced Threat Detection: Utilize BBG’s cutting-edge technologies for early detection of suspicious activities, mitigating threats before they escalate into full-blown crises.
  • Disaster Recovery Planning: A well-structured disaster recovery plan is your safety net. BBG helps you develop and implement strategies to ensure business continuity, even in the wake of a cyberattack.
  • Regular Backups and Updates: Keep your systems updated and regularly back up critical data. BBG can manage this process, ensuring you’re always prepared for the worst.

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