JBS Foods Pays Cyberattackers To Get Themselves Back Online

You might recall that I brought you the story of JBS Foods who got pwned in a cyberattack that shut the company down globally. Well it seems that they decided to pay up to get themselves back online:

The world’s largest meat processing company has paid the equivalent of $11m (£7.8m) in ransom to put an end to a major cyber-attack.

Computer networks at JBS were hacked last week, temporarily shutting down some operations in Australia, Canada and the US.

The payment was reportedly made using Bitcoin after plants had come back online.

JBS says it was necessary to pay to protect customers.

Paying these guys is a mistake. Why? The fact that we are still talking about cyberattack after cyberattack every single day shows that paying the attackers isn’t the solution to the problem as all that paying them does is encourage more attacks.

The solution is stronger cyber-defenses that all companies big and small must introduce. More aggressive law enforcement action, especially against those who backed by nation states like China and Russia. And more moves like the one the FBI did the other day to go after the proceeds of these crimes. Actions like those will turn the tide on this issue. Paying them is not the answer.

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