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For decades, millions of Americans have relied on Colonial Pipeline, one of the nation’s largest gasoline channels, to provide fuel for daily transportation. However, the recent ransomware attack on the company resulted in a nearly $5 million ransom payment and disruption of fuel supply, causing panic for many consumers. A few weeks later, JBS – one of the world’s largest meat processing companies – was the victim of another attack and paid a ransom of $11 million as a result.

Ransomware attacks are a threat to any industry, including financial services. More recently, several credit unions were affected by a worldwide ransomware attack that involved more than 1,000 businesses.

 

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