White House puts blame on Russia after JBS cyberattack

The White House accuses Russia of a cyberattack against JBS. Cyberattacks are a major issue for the Joe Biden government. Influencers can...

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  • The White House accuses Russia of a cyberattack against JBS.
  • Cyberattacks are a major issue for the Joe Biden government.
  • Influencers can be of great help so that the young population is vaccinated and the president requests their help.

Washington, Jun 1 (EFE News).- On Tuesday, the White House put blame on Russia as the ultimate responsible for the cyberattack against one of the largest meat processors in North America, the JBS company, which caused the suspension of the company’s operations, and said it is in contact with the Russian authorities. The deputy spokeswoman for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, told the press on the Air Force One plane that the US Government is in contact with Russia on this matter and has made it clear that “responsible States do not harbor ‘ransomware’ criminals”.

In these statements on US President Joe Biden’s trip to Tulsa, the spokeswoman added that JBS suffered a “ransomware” attack and that the ransom request “came from a criminal organization probably based in Russia.” She also said that the FBI is investigating the incident and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is coordinating with the FBI to offer technical support to the company.

White House is assessing the damage

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The attack on JBS comes shortly after the criminal organization DarkSide carried out a similar cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline, the largest network of pipelines from the country. Ransomware attacks lock down computer systems that are not released until companies or institutions pay the hackers a ransom.

In the case of Colonial, which caused gasoline supply problems in the United States, the company paid DarkSide $ 4.4 million in bitcoin to regain control of its computer systems. Jean-Pierre added that the US authorities are evaluating the impact of the attack against JBS, responsible for up to 20% of the meat products processed in the United States and that the Department of Agriculture is verifying that other companies in the sector have not suffered a similar cyberattack. .

Cyberattacks are important to the Biden administration

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“The fight against ‘ransomware’ is a priority for the administration (Biden),” concluded Jean-Pierre. Following the cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline, which each day transports up to 2.5 million barrels of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from refineries in the Gulf of Mexico to large areas of the country, Biden also placed part of the responsibility in Moscow although he declared that he had no evidence of the involvement of the Russian authorities in the attack.

“At the moment our intelligence personnel have no evidence that Russia is involved although there is evidence that the person responsible for the ‘ransomware’ is in Russia and (the Russian authorities) have the responsibility to deal with this,” Biden said then. On Sunday, JBS said it had detected a cyber attack affecting its servers in North America and Australia and that the company’s backup servers were not affected by the attack. The attack prompted the company to suspend operations in North America and Australia on Monday. Today, JBS also suspended several work shifts at its North American plants. EFE News

Biden uses “influencers” to encourage vaccination among young people

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Washington, May 24 (EFE News) .- US President Joe Biden resorted to several “influencers” from social networks on Monday to encourage vaccination among the young population. Biden and the principal epidemiologist of the US Government, Anthony Fauci, responded to several questions from three “influencers” -Manny Mua, Brave Wilderness and Jackie Aina- in a talk broadcast by the official YouTube account of the White House

These influential figures, who have millions of followers Mostly young people, they asked about rumors of possible side effects in children and adolescents, the hypothetical creation of a “vaccine passport” and about how the world will change once the population is vaccinated, among other questions.

He assured young people that there is scientific support

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In one of his responses, Biden insisted on the importance of the young population being vaccinated “to protect themselves and their older relatives” and assured that behind vaccines there is scientific support. “If you’ve been vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask; if you haven’t been, yes. So clear, “added Biden in one of his responses.

Since vaccination was approved for adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, there have been 600,000 vaccinations and in total 4.1 million between 12 and 17 years have been immunized. The White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, assured this Monday at a press conference that Biden’s talk with the “influencers” on YouTube is part of a strategy so that young people “understand the benefits of getting vaccinated” through people that they admire.

Numbers

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In total, some 163.9 million people (49.4% of the population of all age ranges) have received at least one dose, of which 130.6 million (39.3%) are already fully immunized , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, if only the adult population is taken into account, that is, those over 18 years of age, the proportion of those vaccinated is much higher, with 61.5% of adults receiving at least one dose.

Biden wants 70% of the adult population to have received at least one dose before the holiday of July 4, when the United States celebrates its Independence Day. EFE News

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