US meatpacker paid $11 mil. ransom to hackers

A global meatpacking giant says it paid the equivalent of 11 million dollars to hackers following a cyberattack that disrupted its operations.

JBS said on Wednesday that paying the ransom was a very difficult decision to make but they felt it was necessary to prevent any potential risk for customers. US media say the payment was made in bitcoin.

JBS said last month that its computer networks had been targeted in a ransomware attack and it had suspended its operations in North America and Australia.

The White House said it is engaging with the Russian government on the matter after it was notified by JBS that the ransom demand came from a criminal organization likely based in Russia.
Cyberattacks are becoming a growing threat to industrial activities.

Last month, Colonial Pipeline -- one of the largest pipeline networks in the United States -- was forced to suspend its operations as a result of a ransomware attack by a Russia-based hacker group.