Cybercriminals Prevented from Using Fake Version of Cherkizovo Group Site

August 31, 2017

Moscow, Russia – 31 August 2017 – PJSC Cherkizovo Group (LSE: CHE; MOEX: GCHE), the largest vertically integrated meat and feed producer in Russia, today notifies its suppliers and partners regarding potential approaches by online criminals pretending to act on behalf of the Group’s Procurement Department.

The Group’s Security Department have found online criminals purporting to represent our company for the purpose of purchasing unlabelled packaging materials. The criminals created a "mirror" site that copied in whole the content of the Group's corporate website and pretended to act on behalf of the Procurement Department of Cherkizovo Group. The Group's logo was used in correspondence, and email appearing to be the same as the department’s electronic addresses. Specifically, the domain name appeared superficially similar but in fact differed by one character from the original. The Security Department took measures to block the "mirror" site and, together with law enforcement, is working to track down these criminals, who appear to be operating from outside Russia.  

Cherkizovo Group would like to direct contractors, who may have been approached with this fake offer, to the need to carefully verify the address used in email correspondence as well as the website name used by the sender. Please immediately notify our Security Department if you identify such correspondence, at the e-mail address: 112@cherkizovo.com. Your cooperation is vital, as such criminal activities can cause significant financial damage to everyone in the market.