JBS Meals cyberattack ransom payment attracts congressional scrutiny

The chair of a congressional committee has asked for interior documents from the world’s premier beef processor just after the corporation disclosed it compensated an $11 million ransom over a cybercrime attack that shut slaughterhouses in Arizona and other states.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-New York, chairwoman of the Household Committee on Oversight and Reform, despatched a letter to Andre Nogueira, CEO of JBS Meals United states, requesting documents related to the company’s payment to a cybercriminal group. The Might 30 attack quickly idled 9 beef slaughterhouses, which include one in Tolleson where most of the company’s more than 1,800 Arizona staff members get the job done.

The FBI reported the Russian cybercrime group REvil was dependable for the assault.