|Ransomware attacks continue to cascade across IT into operational domains and this week we hear more about the JBS meat factory cyber attack. Supply has been disrupted in the US and Australian markets.
According the BBC, computer networks at JBS were hacked, temporarily shutting down some operations in Australia, Canada and the US, with thousands of workers affected. The company believes the ransomware attack originated from a criminal group likely based in Russia, the White House said.
The attack could lead to shortages of meat or raise prices for consumers, the White House says the FBI is investigating the attack.
“JBS notified [the White House] that the ransom demand came from a criminal organisation likely based in Russia,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.
“The White House is engaging directly with the Russian government on this matter and delivering the message that responsible states do not harbour ransomware criminals,” she added.
On Wednesday Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told local media the Biden administration had been in contact with Moscow to discuss the cyber-attack.
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New legislation has been re-introduced for pipeline security, giving more focus and strength to the TSA from federal partners and we hear about “Europe’s answer to protecting critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks,” being legislative.
International cyber attack on Irish health service computer systems is “possibly the most significant cybercrime attack on the Irish state”, a minister has said. Emergency services remain open, and the vaccine programme continues uninterrupted.
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