White House warns Companies to Step up Cybersecurity

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The White House warned corporate executives and business leaders on Thursday to step up security measures to protect against ransomware attacks after intrusions disrupted operations at a meatpacking company and a southeastern oil pipeline.

There has been a significant hike in the frequency and size of ransomware attacks, Anne Neuberger, cybersecurity adviser at the National Security Council, said in a letter.

The threats are serious and they are increasing. We urge you to take these critical steps to protect your organizations and the American public, she added.

The recent cyberattacks have forced companies to see ransomware as a threat to core business operations and not just data theft, as ransomware attacks have shifted from stealing to disrupting operations, she said.

Strengthening the countrys resilience to cyberattacks was one of President Joe Bidens top priorities, she added.

The private sector also has a critical responsibility to protect against these threats. All organizations must recognize that no company is safe from being targeted by ransomware, regardless of size or location, Neuberger wrote.

The letter came after a major meatpacker resumed U.S. operations on Wednesday following a ransomware attack that disrupted meat production in North America and Australia.

A Russialinked hacking group that goes by the name of REvil and Sodinokibi was behind the cyberattack against JBS SA , a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The cyberattack…

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