The World’s Largest Meat Company JBS hit By a Cyber Attack

The attack affects IT systems servers in North America and Australia. According to the US government, the hackers also demanded a ransom.

Washington A hacker attack on the world’s largest meat company JBS from Brazil has paralyzed large parts of production in North America and Australia. A White House spokeswoman said on Tuesday  in Washington that JBS informed the US government about the attack on Sunday.

The Brazilian company had previously announced through its subsidiary JBS USA that it had been the target of an organized cyber attack. The attack hit IT systems servers in North America and Australia. It will take some time before the problems are resolved. At first, JBS did not provide any further details.

According to the US government, the hackers also demanded a ransom. JBS informed the White House that the request came from a criminal organization – presumably from Russia. The government has already made it clear to Russia that a responsible state would not harbor the perpetrators of such attacks. The US Federal Police FBI is on and investigating.

Because of the hacker attack, five of the largest meat factories in the US had to be shut down for the time being, as US media reported, citing unions and employees. In Canada, too, one of JBS‘s largest plants had to shut down. In Australia, the group’s production was also recently severely restricted, according to the Beef Central industry service.