Ransomware Attack on WestRock

March 2, 2021


WestRock, an Atlanta, GA-based company that involves in paper based packaging solutions, has been hit by a ransomware attack that disrupted its operations and information technology systems. Attack was highly sophisticated where hackers stole a portion of data from the servers and locked it down from access.
Upon discovering the incident, WestRock immediately began proactively shutting down certain systems in an abundance of caution, as well as taking steps to supplement existing security monitoring, scanning and protective measures. The Company is now systematically bringing its information systems back online in a controlled, phased approach.

The company reported packaging production through February 4 was approximately 85,000 tons lower than plan.

Incident Date

January 23, 2021

Estimated Cost

Forced manual ops, reduced production by 85K tons, and delayed shipments


Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified