On Wednesday, the world’s largest meat processor said it had paid $11 million in ransom to the hackers behind a cyberattack that forced all of the company’s U.S. beef plants to close on Wednesday. last week and disrupted operations at poultry and pork plants.
The company, JBS, said in a statement that the decision to pay the ransom was made to protect their data and prevent risks to customers. The company said most of its facilities were back up and running once payments were made.
Last week the FBI said it believes REvil, a group based in Russia that is one of the most prolific ransomware organizations, is responsible for the attack.
JBS, based in Brazil, processes about a fifth of US beef and pork. News last week of a cyberattack on a producer at the heart of the US meat supply stoked fears that the closures could shock markets, create shortages and push rapid rise in already high meat prices. But those fears have largely failed to materialize, in large part because JBS was able to get back up and running quickly.
The breach is the latest in a string of attacks targeting critical infrastructure that has raised concerns about vulnerabilities in US businesses. Last month, a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, a vital lifeline that transports gasoline to nearly half of the East Coast, caused gasoline and jet fuel shortages and fueled panic buying. data in some states.
The Wall Street Journal was the first to report on the JBS ransom payment.