Farm Equipment Auction Sites Return Online After Sandhills Global Ransomware Attack
According to a report by BipComputer, the information processor Sandhills Global, which operates agricultural equipment auction websites including TractorHouse and AuctionTime, was the victim of a ransomware hack last weekend that took down all of its sites. Web hosted offline.
The report says that as of Friday, October 1, Sandhills Global’s website, along with its hosted websites and phone lines, were offline due to the attack. The decision to take the services offline was taken by Sandhills Global to “prevent the spread of the attack.”
BleepingComputer’s report said it was told by multiple sources that the attack came from the “Conti” ransomware, a ransomware gang known to be behind previous attacks, including against the city of Tulsa and the Health Service Executive ( HSE) from Ireland. He describes the ransomware attack method as “stealing files before encrypting devices to use as additional leverage in their extortion attempts. They then demand several million ransom demands to receive a decryptor and not disclose any stolen data “.
Sandhills Global reportedly sent the following statement to its customers in reference to the attack:
Sandhills Global is currently responding to a ransomware attack that impacted our operations. Systems and operations have been temporarily shut down to protect data and information, and we have engaged cybersecurity experts to help us with the investigation, which is ongoing. We are actively and diligently working with the help of our retained experts to fully restore operations.
At this time, we are continuing to investigate whether any of our customer information has been viewed or affected by this incident. At this time, we have not discovered any evidence to confirm that customer information has been compromised. Please know that our customers are our number one priority and that we are working diligently to restore operations and remedy the attack. At this time, our ability to respond to your messages may be delayed. We thank you for your patience and deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause.
We will provide updates regarding this matter and the status of our services as soon as possible.
Sandhills Global entered into a strategic partnership with CNH Industrial in March 2021 to launch an exclusive platform for dealers of CNH Industrial’s CASE Construction, Case IH and New Holland brands.
At 2:30 p.m. CST on October 3, Sandhills Global’s website was back online, along with some of its hosted websites. Attempts to reach Sandhills Global by phone for comment were unsuccessful, possibly due to phone lines being left offline.