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Wray: FBI frowns on ransomware payments despite recent trend

Jun. 10, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's director told lawmakers Thursday that the bureau discourages ransomware payments to hacking groups even as major companies in the past month have participated in multimillion-dollar transactions aimed at getting their systems back online. ...

Noem: State-inspected meat processors can sell out of state

Jun. 10, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced Wednesday that small state-licensed meat processors will be able to ship meat over state lines under a state agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. South Dakota and the USDA's Food Safety and...

South Dakota pork plant, labor union reach 4-year agreement

Jun. 10, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The union that had threatened a strike at a Smithfield pork processing plant in South Dakota says it has reached a tentative agreement with the company on a four-year contract. The Sioux Falls chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers...

Meat company JBS confirms it paid $11M ransom in cyberattack

Jun. 09, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

The world’s largest meat processing company says it paid the equivalent of $11 million to hackers who broke into its computer system late last month. Brazil-based JBS SA said on May 31 that it was the victim of a ransomware attack, but Wednesday was the first time the...

JBS settles Muslim discrimination lawsuit for $5.5 million

Jun. 09, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The second-largest producer of beef, pork and chicken in the U.S. will pay up to $5.5 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the company discriminated against Muslim employees at a meat processing plant in northern Colorado. The U.S. Equal Employment...

Union vote authorizes strike at South Dakota pork plant

Jun. 08, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The union at a Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in South Dakota engaged in contract negotiations Tuesday armed with the authorization to call a strike. A strike authorization at the Sioux Falls chapter of the United Food and Commercial...

Putin chafes at US, criticizes response to Capitol attack

Jun. 04, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday set a tough tone for his upcoming summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, accusing Washington of trying to contain Russia and citing its response to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as a manifestation of the West's double...

Labor negotiations escalate at South Dakota pork plant

Jun. 04, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — In a sign of meatpacking workers becoming emboldened by the pandemic's health threats and economic repercussions, the union at a South Dakota pork processing plant that experienced a bad coronavirus outbreak last year has overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer...

Largest meat producer getting back online after cyberattack

Jun. 02, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The world's largest meat processing company has resumed most production after a weekend cyberattack, but experts say the vulnerabilities exposed by this attack and others are far from resolved. In a statement late Wednesday, the FBI attributed the attack...

Union considers strike at meat plant that was virus hotspot

Jun. 02, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Workers at a South Dakota meatpacking plant that became a coronavirus hotspot last year are considering a strike after contract negotiations between Smithfield Foods and the union have stalled, the union said Wednesday. The Sioux Falls chapter...