BS pays $11m to hackers | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 11, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:26 AM, June 11, 2021

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BS pays $11m to hackers

JBS, one of the world's biggest meat processors, has paid bitcoin worth $11 million in ransom to hackers to prevent any further disruption after a paralyzing cyberattack believed to have originated in Russia. This was the second multi-million-dollar payment to hackers in recent weeks, drawing attention to the broader threat posed by ransomware to essential infrastructure, services and businesses. Hackers had targeted the computer systems of Brazil-based JBS last week, impacting operations in the United States, Australia and Canada. A cyberattack in May forced the temporary shutdown of the huge Colonial fuel pipeline network in the eastern United States, and sparked panic buying in some states. Colonial paid $4.4 million in ransom to regain control and restore operations.

 

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