REvil Fingered As Group Behind Meat Plant Cyberattack

Earlier this week JBS Foods were pwned in some sort of cyberattack. The New York Times has now said that the FBI have identified REvil as the group behind this attack:

REvil is considered one of the most sophisticated ransomware groups and has demanded as much as $50 million to recover data belonging to companies as prominent as Apple. Its attack on JBS, a Brazilian company that accounts for roughly a fifth of cattle and hog slaughter in the United States, temporarily shut down some operations at a time when prices were already surging for beef, poultry and pork.

The US government is taking a very dim view of this, and the fact that the Russians are basically shielding this group from justice:

The attack highlighted concerns about the vulnerability of critical American businesses. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, urged companies on Wednesday to increase their cybersecurity measures, saying it was “up to a number of these private-sector sector entities to protect themselves.”

Ms. Psaki declined to say whether the U.S. government was planning to retaliate. “We’re not taking any options off the table in terms of how we may respond, but of course there is an internal policy review process to consider that,” she said.


Ms. Psaki said Wednesday that the administration was in direct contact with the Russians and that President Biden would bring up the issue of cyberattacks with President Vladimir Putin of Russia when they meet in two weeks.

“Responsible states do not harbor ransomware criminals,” she said.

The fact is that you will not see these attacks slow down or stop. And I am going to go out on a limb and say that you will not see the Russians help in stopping these attacks. So companies need to take Jen Psaki’s advice and strengthen their cyber defences so that they don’t become the next company that gets pwned.

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