Ransomware Scourge Continues as Key Transportation Services Hit

Attacks on infrastructure are part of a global criminal pivot from stealing data to hobbling operations
Attacks on infrastructure are part of a global criminal pivot from stealing data to hobbling 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 Wednesday, after hackers held hostage the world’s largest meat processor this week.

An attack on JBS SA, the world’s biggest meat company by sales, upended U.S. meat supplies after it caused JBS’s plants to temporarily shut down.

JBS said it restarted most of its plants on Wednesday, and that it anticipated operating at close to full capacity Thursday.

White House officials said the hacking was likely carried out by a group based in Russia, 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 shut down six U.S. plants. This comes weeks after the Colonial Pipeline hack. Courtesy of CNBC Television and YouTube. Posted on Jun 1, 2021.)

On Wednesday, a ransomware attack disrupted ferry services in Massachusetts.

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority also revealed Wednesday that it had been hacked in April, although the attack didn’t disrupt operations, including the city’s subway system.

(The MTA has confirmed it got hit by a cyber-attack in April. The hack is the latest in a number of high-profile cyber-attacks in the U.S. over the past few weeks. Courtesy of CBS and YouTube. Posted on June 1, 2021)

In May, the operator of an essential pipeline bringing gasoline to parts of the East Coast paid about $4.4 million to regain control of its operations and restore service.

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

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

The trend is part of a global criminal pivot from stealing data to hobbling operations via ransomware, where companies are hit with demands for million-dollar payments to regain control of their operating systems.

President Biden said Wednesday he would look closely at whether to retaliate against Russia for the attacks.

(Two cyber attacks targeted New York City’s subway system and the Massachusetts Steamship Authority. President Biden is leaving all options on the table. Courtesy of CBS This Morning and YouTube. Posted on Jun 3, 2021.)

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