THE White House "threatened to retaliate" after a Russian cyber hack attack shuttered a US food processing plant and another cyber assault previously triggered a fuel crisis.
Joe Biden was all smiles when he was grilled about Vladimir Putin's intentions during a press briefing on Wednesday after the ransomware attacks on the JBS meat processing plant and the Colonial Pipeline.
Asked if he would "retaliate against Russia for this latest ransomware attack," Biden confirmed: "We're looking closely at that issue."
However, the grinning president said "no" when the reporter then asked if he thought Putin was "testing" him as he left the podium.
He could be seen smiling as he walked off the stage.
A WELL-KNOWN Russia-linked hacker group called REvil Group is allegedly behind the cyberattack on JBS.
It is believed to be based in a former Soviet state, according to a source speaking to CNBC.
All of JBS USA’s plants have been shut down in the states as a result of Sunday’s cyberattack, according to the United Food & Commercial Workers. It is the world's biggest meat supplier.
JBS USA said in a statement from Greeley, Colorado, it was the target of an “organized cybersecurity attack” affecting some of its servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems.
“The company’s backup servers were not affected and it is actively working with an Incident Response firm to restore its systems as soon as possible,” the statement said.
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