How private companies retaliate against hackers

Hacking back: The plan was to hack the hackers. Cybercriminals had targeted a global bank’s customers with phishing emails to break into their accounts. The victim could just as easily have been a global food company. The legal option—waiting for law Read More …

Where does N. Korea get the money to fund nuclear efforts?

Illegal tobacco generates big profits: Where does North Korea, whose gross domestic product is less than that of some American cities, get the money to fund its nuclear efforts? Kim Jong-un and his regime obtain much of their money from a Read More …

The risk of foodborne bioterrorism is real

It’s happened before: Islamic State leaders are reportedly asking followers to carry out terror attacks by poisoning food in Western supermarkets. It’s not like poisoning our food has not happened before, and we certainly have been warned. As far back as 2011, Read More …

Irma threatens $1.2 billion fresh produce production

Orange juice futures and sugar prices higher: Hurricane Irma is threatening to wreak havoc on Florida farmlands, threatening $1.2 billion worth of production in the top U.S. grower of fresh tomatoes, oranges, green beans, cucumbers, squash and sugarcane. The storm threat has Read More …

Harvey could disrupt refineries, cause fuel price increases

Some 30 refineries are in danger zone: A hurricane barreling toward Texas threatens to disrupt operations at refineries along the Gulf Coast, potentially throwing a wrench into fuel supplies and driving up prices. Severe flooding can cause refining units to shut down Read More …

External, insider threats must remain top defense priorities for western food corporations

Bob Norton writing in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods: Food corporations with refrigeration plants that utilize ammonia as the coolant could be targeted by individuals seeking to cause mass casualties. A well-placed vehicle-borne IED (VBIED) has been proven to be a Read More …

Cyber attack cost company more than $200 million

The high cost of cyber crime: The June cyberattack that paralyzed the computer systems in companies around the world is estimated to have cost the world’s biggest container shipping line between $200 million and $300 million, A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday. Maersk Read More …

Terrorists once again strike popular restaurant

Restaurants are popular targets: Crowded restaurants are a popular target for terrorists worldwide. Most recently, 20 people were killed in an attack on a popular tourist restaurant in the west African country of Burkina Faso. At least eight foreigners and seven Read More …

Hackers go after ‘Game of Thrones’ scripts

They’re demanding millions of dollars: Hackers claiming to have breached HBO were demanding millions of dollars in ransom payments from the television group, while threatening to release more files from what is claimed to be a massive data breach. The website Databreaches.net Read More …

‘Food spies’ hunt for evidence of fraud

China is a ‘key growth area’: A bowl of ice cream on a hot day in Shanghai gave American Mitchell Weinberg the worst bout of food poisoning he can recall. It also inspired the then-trade consultant to set up Inscatech — a global Read More …