The REvil ransomware gang was paid $11M in ransom by JBS. The hack by REvil caused JBS, a multinational supplier of beef, chicken, and pork, to shut down a portion of its operations in the U.S. and Australia over Memorial Day weekend.
- The payment was made even after JBS had already restored its operations. CEO Andre Nogueira stated that this decision was made to mitigate any further risk to the company's data or customers.
- JBS Foods has since resumed shipping food from almost all U.S. facilities.
- REvil is a Russian-linked ransomware group that is noted for publicly discussing criminal activities such as future targets on the Russian OSINT channel.
- The group is also linked to a $50M extortion plot targeting Apple, in which they hacked Quanta, the company contracted to assemble many of Apple's products, then proceeded to claim they possess some of their design schematics hours before Apple's launch event.
- Ransomware is a type of Malware where the hackers encrypt a victim's files rendering them unusable until they become released after payment.