Brazilian company JBS, the largest meat processing company in the world, have been the target of an unsavoury ransomware attack.
Another month, another large-scale ransomware attack. Last month, one of America’s biggest pipelines was crippled after a ransomware attack paralysed their systems.
We’ve since discovered that bosses at the Colonial Pipeline forked out a whopping $4.4m to Russian hacking group Darkside to get their systems back up and running. Now, the world's largest meat processing company, JBS, have been targeted by a sophisticated cyber-attack.
The company’s computer networks were hacked, temporarily halting some operations in Australia, Canada and the US, with thousands of workers affected.
And once again, it is believed the attack originated from Russia.
As was the case with oil, this fresh attack could lead to shortages of meat or a raise in prices for consumers.
The White House are looking into this attack, apparently liaising with the Russian government, giving you a scale of just how big this is.
JBS have stated that they have made "significant progress" in finding a resolution to the attack, and hope many of its operations will return today (Wednesday, June 2).
Fortunately for JBS, they reported that their backup servers were not hacked.
On the back of the Colonial Pipeline case, the US government has once again urged companies do not pay criminals over ransomware attacks, as this may invite further hacks in the future.
At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether or not JBS gave into the criminal group’s demands.
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