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· Cyberattack on meat giant has Iowans looking to fortify defenses
… Pat McGonegle, CEO of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, said the JBS incident showed that an industry already consumed with guarding against biological attacks that could disrupt the food supply now needs to ramp up its work on preventing cybercrimes...
· Russia-Linked Group Behind JBS Attack Revels in ‘Audaciousness’
Revil recruits talent online and promises profits for partners
Cyberattack on meat giant has Iowans looking to fortify defenses
Perry Beeman, Iowa Capital Dispatch
via Times-Republican - Jun 3, 2021
A ransomware attack on the world’s largest meatpacking company this week drew attention to the need for more cybersecurity in agriculture.
JBS plants across the U.S., including two in Iowa, had moved toward reopening at full capacity late Wednesday after a cyberattack on servers. The White House said a Russian crime organization is likely to blame…
… The incident had more than meatpacking plant operators nervous. Hog producers were, too. Iowa is the nation’s top supplier of hogs.
The Iowa angle
Pat McGonegle, CEO of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, said the JBS incident showed that an industry already consumed with guarding against biological attacks that could disrupt the food supply now needs to ramp up its work on preventing cybercrimes.
“I think this particular incident will accelerate and heighten the preparedness that we take as an industry,” McGonegle said.
While he said he doesn’t know of Iowa cybercrimes at individual livestock confinement operations in Iowa, many feature climate controls and other systems that are connected online, McGonegle said. That means risk.
“I think this incident with JBS will cause some of the organizations to take a stronger look at the programming that we have in this area and then have discussions with USDA,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he added.
Eldon McAfee, an attorney for Iowa’s major livestock organizations, said…
White House comment ...
Automation needed to feed people presents risk ...
Russia-Linked Group Behind JBS Attack Revels in ‘Audaciousness’
· Revil recruits talent online and promises profits for partners
· Companies with cyber-insurance ‘tastiest morsels’ for hackers
By Jamie Tarabay, Bloomberg
June 2, 2021
They patronize hacking forums to recruit affiliates, advertise profit-sharing schemes and provide interviews on their techniques.
REvil, the Russian-linked hacker group the FBI said is responsible for the cyberattack on JBS SA, the largest meat producer in the world, has emerged as one of the most prolific -- and public -- ransomware groups in recent years.
The hackers, also known as Sodinokibi, have been at the forefront of the ransomware-as-a-service model of cyberattacks since the group first came to prominence as a security threat in 2019. In this model, hacker groups provide malware for others to use in an attack in exchange for a cut of the ransom payments. In order to recruit talent, REvil deposited $1 million in Bitcoin as a way to give potential affiliates peace of mind that they would get paid.
“Audaciousness is part of their persona,” said Allan Liska, a senior threat analyst at the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future Inc.
Ransomware has become a thorny problem for the Biden administration, particularly after an attack last month on Colonial Pipeline Co. squeezed fuel supplies along the East Coast. Other recent attacks have targeted the police department in Washington, D.C., a hospital network in California and now a major meat supplier...
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