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JBS paid $11 mln in response to ransomware attack

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A general view of the JBS USA Worthington pork plant in Minnesota, U.S., October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan JBS USA, subsidiary of Brazilian firm JBS SA (JBSS3.SA), confirmed in a statement on Wednesday the company paid the equivalent of $11 million in ransom in response to a criminal hack against......

Head of Brazil’s soccer confederation suspended by ethics commission

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Soccer – Conmebol Summit for Copa Libertadores – Conmebol Headquarters, Luque, Paraguay – November 5, 2019 President of Brazilian Soccer Confederation, Rogerio Caboclo during the press conference after the Monumental de Lima was chosen to host the Libertadores Final 2019 REUTERS/Jorge Adorno The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF)......

Brazil reports 39,637 coronavirus cases and 873 COVID deaths in 24 hours -ministry

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A patient with suspected COVID-19 infection is taken into an ambulance by members of the Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the UPA (Emergency Service Unit) in Duque de Caxias near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares/File Photo Brazil has......

Brazil COVID inquiry staffers say Copa soccer cup should be postponed

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A general view of the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 2, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares Staff of a Senate commission investigating the handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil said on Sunday that the Copa America soccer tournament should not be held in......

Drug trafficker’s death triggers vandalism in Amazon city of Manaus

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Fourteen buses and two police cars were set on fire and destroyed in the early hours of Sunday in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus in reprisal for the death of a drug trafficker, the state government said. Bus services were suspended until reinforced police patrols could be deployed in......

Brazil captain says to delay formal comment on Copa America controversy

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Soccer Football – La Liga Santander – Real Madrid v Sevilla – Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain – May 9, 2021 Real Madrid’s Casemiro reacts REUTERS/Susana Vera The captain of Brazil’s soccer team said the players will wait until next week to comment on reports they are opposed to......

Brazil short-term FX rally obscured by reform worries

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Brazilian Real and U.S. dollar notes are pictured at a currency exchange office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in this September 10, 2015 photo illustration. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/File Photo Brazil’s real will likely stay buoyant in the coming weeks but the currency’s medium-term prospects are still obscured by investor worries about......

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,......

Brazilians bang pots in protest as another 2,500 die of COVID-19

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A woman and a child hold oxygen tanks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the Moacyr do Carmo hospital in Duque de Caxias near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares Pot-banging protests erupted across several cities in Brazil on Wednesday evening as President Jair Bolsonaro addressed......

JBS meat plants reopen as White House blames Russia over hack

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JBS SA (JBSS3.SA) employees started returning to U.S. meat plants on Wednesday, a day after the company’s beef operations stopped following a ransomware attack, disrupting meat production in North America and Australia. A notorious Russia-linked hacking group is behind the cyberattack against JBS, a source familiar with the matter said.......

Analysis: Hacks force Biden into more aggressive stance on Russia

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Russian and U.S. state flags fly near a factory in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov/File Photo A ransomware attack on JBS, the world’s largest meatpacker, by a criminal group likely based in Russia has strengthened the Biden administration’s resolve to hold Moscow responsible for costly cyber......

From Nigeria to Brazil ‘halo’ crops reap pandemic profits

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In a flowing cream hijab, Karima M. Imam walks through her fields in scrubland in northern Nigeria as workers harvest a gnarled brown root that has turned gold since COVID struck: ginger. “If I had the capital, I’d plant more. People are looking for ginger now, and there is not......

U.S. says ransomware attack on meatpacker JBS likely from Russia

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A general view of the JBS USA Worthington pork plant, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Worthington, Minnesota, U.S., October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan The White House said on Tuesday that Brazil’s JBS SA (JBSS3.SA) has informed the U.S. government that a ransomware attack against the company that......

Equinor and Exxon to develop $8 bln Brazilian oilfield

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Equinor’s flag in Stavanger, Norway December 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins Equinor (EQNR.OL), ExxonMobil (XOM.N) and Petrogal Brasil said on Tuesday they would proceed with an $8 billion development of Brazil’s Bacalhau oil discovery. First oil from the field, which will be operated by Norway’s Equinor, is expected in 2024, with......

Peru revises pandemic death toll, now worst in the world per capita

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Peru on Monday almost tripled its official COVID-19 death toll to 180,764, following a government review, making it the country with the worst death rate per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Peru has been among the hardest hit Latin America countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, with its hospitals......

Cyber attack hits JBS meat works in Australia, North America

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The logo of Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA is seen in the city of Jundiai, Brazil June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo Australian and North American units of the world’s largest meat works were hit over the weekend by an organised cyber attack on its information systems, Brazil’s JBS SA (JBSS3.SA)......

Brazilians stage nationwide protests against President Bolsonaro’s COVID response

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Brazilians staged protests against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in at least 16 cities across the country on Saturday, carrying signs such as “Out with Bolsonaro” and “Impeachment now.” Bolsonaro’s popularity has plummeted during the coronavirus crisis, which has killed more than 450,000 Brazilians as the far-right......

Brazil on drought alert, faces worst dry spell in 91 years

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Brazil’s government agencies warned of droughts this week as the country faces its worst dry spell in 91 years, increasing fears of energy rationing, hitting hydroelectric power generation and agriculture while raising the risk of Amazon fires. Late on Thursday, the Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE), which is linked to......

Why you may see a NYPD motorcade in Sao Paulo’s streets

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Stunned by the swirl of red lights and blaring sirens, confused pedestrians who spot a New York City Police Department motorcade screaming down the streets of Brazil’s biggest city may need a second to get their bearings. Behind the spectacle is a group of Brazilian fans obsessed with one of......

G7 is close to agreement on taxation of world’s largest companies – FT

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Attendees take part in G7 foreign ministers meeting in London, Britain May 5, 2021. Ben Stansall/Pool via REUTERS Group of Seven countries are close to reaching agreement on the corporate taxation of multinationals, clearing the way for a global deal later in the year, the Financial Times reported. After the......

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