JBS plants targeted by hackers
This week, JBS plants in the US, Canada and Australia were targeted by a ransomware attack believed to be originating from Russia. All operations in these three countries were halted for at least two days. JBS halted cattle slaughter at all its US plants on Tuesday, according to union officials. On Monday, the attack caused Australian operations to shut down.
US meatpackers slaughtered 22% fewer cattle than a week earlier and 18% than a year earlier, according to estimates from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Pork processing was also down. Prices have elevated by 1% due to disruptions that appeared in the market.
The USDA contacted several major meat processors to encourage them to keep supplies moving and slaughter additional livestock when possible, according to a statement. The agency also urged meatpackers to make their IT and supply-chain infrastructure more durable. Federal agencies including the USDA and Department of Homeland Security are closely monitoring meat and poultry supplies, a White House official said, quoted by CNBC network.
JBS said it suspended all affected systems, notified authorities and that backup servers were not affected. A representative in Sao Paulo said there was no impact on Brazilian operations.
Production was resumed on Wednesday, according to JBS representatives. "Our systems are coming back online and we are not sparing any resources to fight this threat," mentioned Andre Nogueira, chief executive of JBS USA.
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