Americold has filed a report informing the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) of a recent cyber security intrusion upon the Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered refrigerated warehouse operator’s digital data storage base. The Form 8-K disclosure advised that on April 26, 2023 evidence was received indicating that “its computer network was affected by a cyber security incident.”
The breach has reportedly affected inbound and outbound services at a number of facilities, as deliveries and site functionality have been impacted from region to region.
The company, which ranks as the world’s leading provider of cold storage logistics services to the food industry, immediately implemented containment measures and took operations offline to secure information technology systems and reduce disruption to its business and customers. It has launched a review of the nature and scope of the incident, is working closely with cybersecurity experts and legal counsel, and has reported the matter to law enforcement authorities. Action has been implanted to resume normal operations at impacted facilities so that customers can be safely supported.
Noting that “security and the privacy of data remain a priority,” Americold assured the SEC “the company will continue to take appropriate measures to further safeguard the integrity of its information technology infrastructure, data and customer information.”
Americold Realty Trust, traded under the COLD symbol on the New York Stock Exchange, is the world’s largest publicly traded REIT focused on the ownership, operation, acquisitions and development of temperature-controlled warehouses. It owns and operates 242 cold storage facilities, with approximately 1.4 billion cubic feet of space, in North and South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.