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Ransomware-skewered meat producer JBS confesses to paying $11m for its freedom


JBS Foods, one of the world’s largest meat producers, has revealed it handed over “the equivalent of $11 million” to resolve a ransomware infection that disrupted operations in Australia, the USA, and Canada.

A statement from the company says the decision to pay was made “In consultation with internal IT professionals and third-party cybersecurity experts … to mitigate any unforeseen issues related to the attack and ensure no data was exfiltrated.”

“This was a very difficult decision to make for our company and for me personally,” said Andre Nogueira, CEO, JBS USA. “However, we felt this decision had to be made to prevent any potential risk for our customers.” The company statement also offers welcome news that “Preliminary investigation results confirm that no company, customer or employee data was compromised.”

“JBS USA’s ability to quickly resolve the issues resulting from the attack was due to its cybersecurity protocols, redundant ...


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