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FBI identifies hackers behind cyberattack on JBS, world’s biggest meat producer

*The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation reveals it has attributed the recent JBS cyberattack to Russian ransomware gang REvil and Sodinokibi, and it is ‘working diligently’ to bring the cyber threat actors to justice

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The FBI, the United States (US) lead Federal investigative agency fighting cyber threats, and combating cybercrime, has disclosed it knows who was behind the recent cyberattack that disrupted and sidelined JBS, the world’s largest meat producer.

The agency in a statement said it had linked the threatening deed to a notorious Russian ransomware gang.

The FBI noted that it is working to stop the cyber bandits from doing any further harm in this regard.

ConsumerConnect had reported that the JBS meat processing plants shut down operations following a weekend malware attack, until it and its United States (US) subsidiary Pilgrim’s resumed plant operations only Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

The agency’s statement said: “As the lead federal investigative agency fighting cyber threats, combating cybercrime is one of the FBI’s highest priorities.

“We have attributed the JBS attack to REvil and Sodinokibi and are working diligently to bring the threat actors to justice. A cyberattack on one is an attack on us all.”

The US Federal agency indicated that REvil/Sodinokibi sits atop all other ransomware groups, with a 12.5 percent share of the ransomware market, and it’s been a busy bunch too.

In this year thus far, report said the cyber threat gang claimed that it stole unencrypted data from electronics company Acer, pilfered information from the celebrity law firm that represents Lady Gaga and Madonna, and made off with plans for upcoming Apple products.

‘Consumers are safe… for the moment’

It is noted that when a business is hacked, its customer database is usually part of the theft. Take, for example, the attack on Marriott hotels that exposed the personal details of 500 million hotel guests.

Whereas consumers used to be easy targets for ransomware groups, a cybersecurity expert says cybercriminals, however, tend not to go after the general population as much anymore because it’s just not that lucrative to do so.

Dick O’Brien, Principal Editor at Symantec, who authored a special report on targeted ransomware, stated: “Consumers are more trouble than they are worth,”

“A lot of the consumers these days do not use computers that much, and ransomware is designed to infect Windows computers—they are not in the firing line, as much as enterprise users.

“Enterprises are—I would not say an easier target, but there are more possibilities for a compromise with them.”

It is recalled that JBS Sunday, May 30 announced that it had been the victim of hackers who seized the firms’ computer networks in North America and Australia respectively.

The industry analysts in the US subsequently warned stakeholders of supply chain issues and shortages in the country, if the shutdown had lasted a week or more.

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