U.S. meat producer halted operations due to cyber-attack

Hackers attacked the U.S. division of the world’s largest meat producer JBS USA. It was reported by Bloomberg agency on Monday, May 31.

In connection with the cyber attack that occurred on Sunday, May 30, the company was forced to suspend the work of all affected systems while the problem in the U.S. and Australia is eliminated.

“On Sunday, May 30, JBS USA determined that it was the target of a cyberattack affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems,” the company said.

JBS USA noted that they do not know yet whether the hackers used the data of the clients, employees or suppliers not for their intended purpose. It is also noted that the incident may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.

According to Brent Eastwood, general manager of JBS Foods Australia, the cyberattack targeted the company’s information systems. Consequently, a planned slaughter of beef and lamb across Australia was canceled on May 31. Workers were sent home while the problem was fixed.

In addition, the cyberattack led to the decision to shift two shifts and halt processing at one of Canada’s largest meat processing plants.

JBS USA is a subsidiary of Brazil’s JBS SA, the world’s largest beef and pork processor