JBS Paid An $11 Million Ransom To Cyberattackers : NPR

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Meat packaging company JBS confirms that it paid a $ 11 million ransom to hackers who targeted its operations in the US and Australia. David Zalubowski / AP hide caption

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Meat packaging company JBS confirms that it paid a $ 11 million ransom to hackers who targeted its operations in the US and Australia.

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JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, confirms it paid a $ 11 million ransom in cyberattacks

JBA USA’s CEO Andre Nogueira called it a “very difficult decision”.

“However, we felt that this decision had to be made in order to avoid potential risks to our customers.”

JBS is based in Brazil, but last week’s hack targeted servers in the US and Australia.

The FBI says REvil, a Russian-speaking gang, was responsible.

The US suffers over 7 ransomware attacks every hour.  It is now a national security risk

It was one of a series of high-profile ransomware attacks, one of which focused on the Colonial Pipeline and resulted in the company ceasing to operate in the southeastern United States, sequentially across much of the south and east coasts.

Colonial later said it immediately notified the FBI and other authorities of the ransom note and also paid a $ 4.4 million ransom.

The federal police announced this week that their new ransomware and digital extortion task force had recovered more than half of the money Colonial paid.