November 18, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Baldwin, MO – Computer hackers demanding ransom in digital currency gained access to a United Food and Commercial Workers multiemployer pension plan in the St. Louis area last summer, the UFCW said Nov. 9.
The hacker seized control of a server belonging to the Local 655 Food Employers Joint Pension Plan in July and demanded about $2,000 in bitcoins to let it work again, according to the union. The plan covers workers at three Missouri-based supermarket chains, and the affected server contained data on about 18,630 current and former employees, including their Social Security numbers and bank account information. “We’re not remotely close to being panicky here because we have no reason to think anyone’s information was taken,” Local 655 spokesperson Collin Reischman told Bloomberg BNA Nov. 10. The union has increased its security and brought in an outside forensics analyst to investigate, he added—and it didn’t pay the ransom. Read more