Ransomware scourge continues as major transport services are affected

Attacks on infrastructure are part of a global criminal backbone ranging from data theft to disruptive operations

June 2, 2021 – In Breaking News – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Revelations of cyberattacks on transportation systems in New York and Massachusetts heightened concerns about the threat to U.S. businesses and essential services on Wednesday, after hackers took the world’s largest meat processor hostage this week. week.

An attack on JBS SA, the world’s largest meat company in terms of sales, disrupted American meat supply after causing the temporary closure of JBS factories.

JBS said so restarted most of its factories Wednesday, and that he expected to operate at near full capacity on Thursday.

White House officials said the hack was likely carried out by a Russian-based group, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation attributed the attack to REvil, a criminal ransomware gang.

(CNBC’s Eamon Javers joins ‘The News with Shepard Smith’ to discuss a ransomware hack that attacked the world’s largest meat supplier, JBS, and forced the company to close six factories in the United States. This comes weeks after the Colonial Pipeline was hacked. Courtesy of CNBC Television and YouTube. Posted June 1, 2021.)

A ransomware attack on Wednesday disrupted ferry services in Massachusetts.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority also revealed on Wednesday that it was hacked in April, although the attack did not disrupt operations, including the city’s subway system.

(The MTA has confirmed that it was hit by a cyberattack in April. The hack is the latest of a number of high-profile cyberattacks in the United States in recent weeks. Courtesy of CBS and YouTube . Posted June 1, 2021)

In May, the operator of a critical pipeline bringing gasoline to parts of the east coast paid approximately $ 4.4 million to regain control of its operations and restore service.

San Diego-based Scripps Health said on Tuesday it was still recovering from a cyberattack it discovered on May 1 that disrupted its patient portal, electronic medical records, radiology and other systems and has canceled or delayed appointments at its hospitals and clinics.

Emboldened by recent successes, hackers have turned away from data-rich businesses such as retailers, financial institutions, and insurance companies to providers of key public needs such as hospitals, transportation, and health care. food.

The trend is part of a global criminal backbone ranging from data theft to disruptive operations via ransomware, where companies face demands for million dollars in payments to regain control of their operating systems.

President Biden said on Wednesday he would take a close look at whether to retaliate against Russia for the attacks.

(Two cyberattacks targeted the New York City subway and the Massachusetts Steamship Authority. President Biden leaves all options on the table. Courtesy of CBS This Morning and YouTube. Posted June 3, 2021.)

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