The FBI is warning agriculture against data breaches that may expose farming data through internet-connected farming equipment. The FBI, along with USDA, issued the warning last month. Together, the two agencies say farmers should be very mindful of the way they configure technology devices on the farm. The FBI suggested farmers should ensure that companies managing farm data, including digital management tools, application developers, and cloud service providers, develop cybersecurity and breach response plans. The FBI says so-called “hacktivists” may be targeting farmers as a way of protesting U.S. agricultural policies.
A similar incident occurred last fall when an anonymous hacker leaked data of USDA employees to protest against Monsanto.