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That Cream Cheese Shortage You Heard About? Cyberattacks Played a Part

Hackers shut down the biggest cheese manufacturer during peak demand

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Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg
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The cream cheese shortage wreaking havoc on bagel shops and bakeries is, in part, due to a cyberattack on the biggest U.S. cheese manufacturer.

Schreiber Foods in Wisconsin, which makes cheese slices for most of the top burger chains in America and has a cream cheese business rivaling Kraft’s, closed for days in October after hackers compromised its plants and distribution centers. While that may not sound like a long time, the company is big enough that the lost production shook U.S. markets.