Russia blasted over ransomware attack

7,000 Meatworkers stood down in Australia as Russia blasted over ransomware attack

Former foreign minister Stephen Smith says criminals have picked up the technology previously used by state-sponsored groups for political purposes and are using it in ransom-ware attacks like the one on JBS Foods.

The attack, which crippled JBS meat-works in North America and Australia this week, now threatens to turn into a diplomatic row with Russia.

The FBI is still investigating the attack but the US has pointed the finger at Russia and accused it of harbouring ransomware criminals.

Federal agriculture minister David Littleproud said Australia would hold fire on raising the issue with Russia pending the results of the US-led investigation. Mr Littleproud said Australian officials in Washington were working closely with US counterparts as JBS battles to get meatworks and supply chains back up.

The White House said JBS had indicated an organised crime syndicate – most likely based in Russia – was responsible for the shutdown, which follows a Russia-based attack on the Colonial Pipeline in the US last month that caused widespread fuel shortages.

Some 7000 meatworkers in Australia have been stood down since Monday and will go unpaid as long as JBS abattoirs remain out of action under daily hire employment conditions.

Source AFR Brad Thompson and David Marin-Guzman, read more . . . .

Russia blasted over ransomware attack

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