Popular Halloween Candy Maker Victim Of Ransomware Attack

Ever had a SweeTart? How about Nerds, Pixy Stix or Lemonheads?

The manufacturer behind these candies, Ferrara, is facing difficulties fulfilling orders due to a hacker encrypting their computer systems. The Chicago-based company, who’s known for producing Atomic Fireballs and Everlasting Gobstoppers, is currently only working in select facilities due to the attack.

Ransomware is a type of cybercrime that occurs when threat actors gain access to an organization’s network. A criminal will encrypt data and demand money in order for important files to be decrypted, or for files to remain private. This type of extortion is extremely lucrative for hackers, as large companies often fall victim to attacks and are willing to fork over the cash.

Oftentimes, this type of malware comes into an organization via human error. This can occur when someone clicks on malicious links within a phishing email, or by visiting a fraudulent website and inputting login credentials.

Ferrara first became aware of the issue on October 9th, and is working with outside sources to help restore it systems. As of now, there’s no word on the number of orders the company is expected to fulfill before Halloween. Currently, all of the candy distribution centers are shipping product.

Halloween candy as a concept has only been around since the mid-1900’s. Trick or treating started around the 1930’s or 1940’s, however what kids were given varied wildly. From home baked goods to toys and coins, a common item was not yet established. It wasn’t until the 1950’s when candy manufacturers started marketing their products as cheap, affordable gifts for the holiday. And it wasn’t until finally, in the 1970’s, when Halloween candy became mainstream.

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