If the cyberattack against meat giant JBS was a game of Clue, it would be over already. The winner would have cracked the whodunnit: “It was the Russians, in the meatpacking plant, with the ransomware.” The attack this week led to a cascading series of shift cancellations, plant closures, and urgent work behind the scenes to restore it all. The truth of this attack is that it could have been worse—much worse. But then corporate IT backups came through and saved the day, something cyber attorney Shawn Tuma says is becoming extremely rare. “The threat actors know backups are the kryptonite here, right? So they get in and they infect or forensically delete your backups before you ever get hit.” Somehow, JBS, and the food supply chain, dodged that bullet. JBS managed to restore most operations in just a few days. If the shutdown had lingered, or extended beyond… Read more
Analysts offer observations on why it happened, the industries that will and won’t be prioritized and what to expect in the short term.
If your password gets stolen as part of a data breach, you’ll probably be told. But what if your password gets pwned some other way?