Jbs, the largest meat supplier in the world, has paid $ 11 million in bitcoin ransom to a Russian hacker gang. The Brazilian giant admitted that he had paid the maxi ransom in bitcoin to avoid further cyber attacks after the hackers had managed to enter the company system at the end of May thanks to a ransomware. In detail, a malware that limits access to the device it infects. In the Wall Street Journal Andre Nogueira, CEO of the US subsidiary of the group involved, said: “It was very painful to pay criminals, but we did the right thing for our clients,” he explained, stating that the sum was paid. after the majority of the plants had been reopened and put back into operation. However, the cyberattacks had halted production in both US and Australian factories for days.
The fight against hackers
JBS is the second ransom paid to Russian hackers in less than a month and follows the $ 4.4 million extorted from Colonial Pipeline, the largest American pipeline on which gasoline supplies depend on the east coast of the States. An amount for more than half recovered in the past few days from‘Fbi, which managed to track payments for the first time, calling into question the anonymity guaranteed by cryptocurrencies. To show how much the fight against cyber crime is accelerating, it is enough to read the words of the head of the FBI, Christopher Wray, who compared the latest series of hacking in the US “to the challenge posed by the September 11 attacks”. It must be said that the attacks have also changed. Self First, ransomware attacks hit data companies, now they hit a country’s crucial infrastructure: oil pipelines, power grids, food chains, universities, banks and insurance companies, hospitals. Without forgetting public transport as in the case of the New York subway targeted by a group of Chinese hackers.
It is estimated that on a worldwide scale hackers made at least $ 18 billion last year, according to security company Emsisoft. In the US, a political debate has also begun to approve an ad hoc law, with hypotheses ranging from the obligation for private companies to disclose the hacks suffered up to the prohibition on paying ransoms. «Our policy as FBI – added Wary – is that companies should not pay the ransom for various reasons. In addition to the fact that such payments can encourage further cyberattacks, victims may not automatically get their data back despite the outlay of millions. “
With scams, fraud and cyber crimes up by 47.4%, cybersecurity alarm is also in Italy.The latest complaint is from the European Union of Cooperatives (Uecoop) on Istat data and comes a few days after the go-ahead of Palazzo Chigi the decree law that reforms the governance of cybersecurity. With online crimes that jumped from 154,867 to 228,254 between 2015 and 2019, there is an increasing need to strengthen measures to combat cybercrime. “Also because with 98 million credit cards, ATMs, postepay circulating in Italy for online payments via computer or smartphone – underlines the European Union of Cooperatives – the opportunities for hackers and the risks of fraud for families and businesses are increasing”.