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U.S. says ransomware attack on meatpacker JBS likely from Russia

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By Tom Polansek and Jeff Mason

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He can only give payoffs to the criminals who have shutdown critical infrastructure. 

No. That is not only all he can do, it is what he's not doing. Hunting down cybercriminals is difficult - where are they based? Belarus? - but doing so is crucial to stopping the problem. The criminals may not be apprehended, but they'll be monitored prevented from stepping foot outside of their country. And that's deterrence.

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biden has utterly failed in doing anything to prevent cyber espionage and crime.

Oh of course I imagine you judge said last president even more harshly, seeing that he not only didn't do anything to "prevent cyber espionage and crime", but actually publicly welcomed it??

He can only give payoffs to the criminals who have shutdown critical infrastructure. 

Can you give us examples of payoffs Biden gave to criminals? Because up until now private companies have been hacked and gave payoffs, not governmental agencies.

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The US far-right media machine assists in this disinformation campaign, either by being complicit in it or just easily manipulated.

Then the rightists claim their big lies are covered by free speech, just like they claim revenge porn is also covered. No question in my mind Russia, China Iran and OTHEr STaTES IN THEIR NTI-DEMOCRacy ORBIT HAVE HIDDEN UNDER 'WESTERN' FREE SPEECH LAWS WHILE TRYING TO UNDERMINE DEMOCRacies and weaken free speech for thos from Not surprising US Republicans nd others in the US far right have followed suit. While the US far right join forces with China (see Steeve Bannon) in pushing intentional misinformations. While making Bannon etal richer, doubtful Biden will pardon Bnnon like 45 did.

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PS, ransomware is a 'give us your money we'll give you your data'.

Sanctions are 'give us your obedience we'll give you your money' which sounds like an even bigger crime, doesn't it.

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What's Russia doing to investigate these crimes and arrest the perpetrators?

Being infamously reknowned as a wild-wild-west of the internet doesn't give Russia and its tech companies a good reputation in the marketplace. Many people don't trust software that come out of Russia because they don't know if the company behind it can be trusted, or if they're in cahoots with cyber-criminal gangs that can exploit it

When's the last time Russia went after cyber-criminal gangs?

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biden has utterly failed in doing anything to prevent cyber espionage and crime. He can only give payoffs to the criminals who have shutdown critical infrastructure. The incompetence permeates his administration and has infected the Defense Department and Homeland Security. One hopes that he will eventually recognizes his failures and changes course.

It's becoming very clear what Russia and China are doing. They are launching a concerted, coordinated cyber attack on US infrastructure, to cause economic disruptions - that their disinformation campaigns then blame on President Biden.

The US far-right media machine assists in this disinformation campaign, either by being complicit in it or just easily manipulated.

The goal is clear - help get Trump re-elected or an equivalent authoritarian-friendly Repub. They'd prefer Trump since he was so easily duped - and caused so much harm to American interests.

This post above is just one clear example of this collusion.

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JBS also owns most of chicken processor Pilgrim's Pride Co, which sells organic chicken under the Just Bare brand.

Processed media alert: It sells a helluva lot more than organic chicken, from the finger lickin' stuff to that warehouse chain's rotisseries.

Processed media is to politics what processed food is to Big Pharma.

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He can only give payoffs to the criminals who have shutdown critical infrastructure. 

For example? I hope you aren’t referencing the Colonial pipeline because that would be misinformation.

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"A number of gangs, many of them Russian-speakers"

I hope peole realise that 'Russian-speaker' does not necessarily mean 'from Russia'.

And again with the completely unconfirmed but "highly likely"??? Give me a break.

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Folks JBS is a Brazilian company operating in multiple countries. We see effects not just in the US from this ransomware but also Canada and Australia. There is little or nothing the US could do on its own to deter such attacks. It has to be a cooperative effort across all the developed nations to coax or coerce firms operating across international borders to take adequate cyber security precautions in all of their divisions. The US cannot force a company headquartered in Brazil to take specific precautions on their IT system in Brazil.

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Does anyone else miss the days when Trump used to be a Putin apologist for the American media?

Now we have to listen to them trash talk Putin, and he's got no one to defend him.

Poor Putin.

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In addition to diplomatic pressure, the Biden White House is taking steps to regulate cryptocurrency transfers and track where they are going.

biden has utterly failed in doing anything to prevent cyber espionage and crime. He can only give payoffs to the criminals who have shutdown critical infrastructure. The incompetence permeates his administration and has infected the Defense Department and Homeland Security. One hopes that he will eventually recognizes his failures and changes course.

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