Russian-Linked Reveal Group Behind JBS Cyber Attack, Bloomberg Reports
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Russia-linked hacker group REvil is behind an attack on Brazilian meat-packing giant JBS, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources.
JBS on Tuesday shut down operations at its factories in North America and Australia after being subjected to cyberattacks over the weekend, raising fears of supply issues and a further rise in food prices. However, the group said in the evening that they had made significant progress in solving the problem.
The “vast majority” of factories that produce beef, pork, poultry and ready-meals will be operational Wednesday, JBS said in a statement.
The attack on JBS comes weeks after the attack on the main US oil operator Colonial Pipeline, which Washington says was also the victim of hackers based in Russia.
The Reville hacker group is also known as Sodinokibi, says Bloomberg.
JBS’s North American factories, located in Greeley, Colo., are responsible for approximately 20% of American cattle and hog slaughter.
In recent years, ransomware attacks, which involve demanding ransom payments to unlock computer systems, have become a concern for national security.
(Caroline Stauffer; French edition Claude Chendjou, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)
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