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Russia-based ransomware gang offline but cause not clear

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WASHINGTON — The Russia-based criminal syndicate behind a devastating series of recent ransomware attacks was offline on Tuesday, but cybersecurity experts said that it...

USDA unveils plan to help build small meat processing plants

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The federal government promised Friday to spend $500 million to encourage the construction of smaller meat processing plants located closer...

New US rules to protect animal farmers expected this week

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OMAHA, Neb. — The Biden administration plans to issue a new rule to protect the rights of farmers who raise cows, chickens and hogs...

EXPLAINER: Ransomware and its role in supply chain attacks

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Another holiday weekend in the U.S., another ransomware attack that has paralyzed businesses around the world. ...

Holy cow, not again! More bovines get loose in a US town

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The revenge of the cows heated up Thursday with yet another instance of a herd getting loose in a U.S. community. ...

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

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The world’s largest meat processing company says it paid the equivalent of $11 million to hackers who broken into its computer system late last...

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

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The union that had threatened a strike at a Smithfield pork processing plant in South Dakota says it has reached...

Wray: FBI frowns on ransomware payments despite recent trend

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WASHINGTON — The FBI's director told lawmakers Thursday that the bureau discourages ransomware payments to hacking groups even as major companies in the past...

JBS settles Muslim discrimination lawsuit for $5.5 million

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DENVER — JBS Swift & Company will pay up to $5.5 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the meatpacking company discriminated against Muslim...

Union vote authorizes strike at South Dakota pork plant

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The union at a Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in South Dakota said it will head to contract negotiations Tuesday...