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Russia ‘likely behind’ hack on world’s biggest meat supplier forcing US beef plant closures

RUSSIA is “likely” behind a huge cyberattack on the world’s biggest meat supplier, according to the White House.

All of JBS USA’s plants have been shut down in the states as a result of Sunday’s cyberattack, according to the United Food & Commercial Workers.

JBS USA said in a statement from Greeley, Colorado, it was the target of an “organized cybersecurity attack” affecting some of its servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems.

“The company’s backup servers were not affected and it is actively working with an Incident Response firm to restore its systems as soon as possible,” the statement said.

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said the ransom demand originated from “a criminal organization likely based in Russia”.

She added that the US has contacted Russia about the matter and the FBI is investigating.

The hack had an immediate impact, with the five biggest beef plants in the US – which process 22,500 cattle daily – suspending livestock slaughter.

Those outages alone have wiped out nearly a fifth of America’s production.

And operations across Australia – which exports up to 75 per cent of its red meat products – are at a standstill, meaning there is a risk to worldwide supplies.

Staff learned of the attack when they were turned away from their workplaces on Monday.

  • 2,900 WORKERS HAVE SHIFTS CANCELLED AT GREELEY PLANT

    Workers have had their shifts cancelled at the JBS plant in Greeley, Colorado.

    Marcela Salazar, spokesperson for the local food workers union, said two shifts at the Greeley plant – the largest meatpacking plant in the US – were canceled on Tuesday due to the attack.

    It’s estimated the cancellations have impacted more than 2,900 workers at the plant, reports the Greeley Tribune.

  • EXPERTS PILE ON PRESSURE AFTER SERIES OF CYBER ATTACKS

    Experts have piled pressure onto the US government to take action after the latest large-scale cybersecurity attack.

    Dmitri Alperovitch, computer security industry executive, said on Twitter: “First it was the hospitals during a global pandemic.

    “Then it was energy supply (pipeline).

    “Now it’s our food security (JBS).

    “Enough is enough. Ransomware is now one of our top national security threats.

  • PRESIDENT URGES FIRMS TO TAKE RANSOMWARE SERIOUSLY

    Joe Biden is building on his executive order to tackle cybersecurity issues following the JBS attack.

    He is urging organizations across government and the private sector to take the threat of ransomware seriously.

    White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said today that the president has already launched a rapid strategic review to address the increased threat of ransomware, which “builds on President Biden’s executive order”.

    She continued: “The executive order outlines five high-priority cybersecurity initiatives that, if implemented, will reduce the risk of cyberattacks including ransomware.
     
    “We call on organizations across government and the private sector to take the threat of ransomware seriously and modernize their cyber defenses, including implementing the practices in the executive order.”

  • USDA ‘ASSESSING IMPACTS ON SUPPLY’

    The United States Department of Agriculture is “assessing any impacts on supply” after the JBS cyberattack, the White House said today.

    Spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said : “USDA has reached out to several major meat processors in the United States to ensure they are aware of the situation. 

    “We’re assessing any impacts on supply, and the President has directed the administration to determine what we can do to mitigate any impacts as they may become necessary.”

  • FBI INVESTIGATING CYBER ATTACK

    The FBI is investigating the cyber attack on meat supplier JBS.

    White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said today: “The White House has offered assistance to JBS, and our team and the Department of Agriculture have spoken to their leadership several times in the last day.

    “The White House is engaging directly with the Russian government on this matter and delivering the message that responsible states do not harbor ransomware criminals.

    “The FBI is investigating the incident and CISA is coordinating with the FBI to offer technical support to the company in recovering from the ransomware attack.”

  • CYBERATTACK COULD SEE RISING MEAT PRICES

    The cyberattack on JBS – the world’s largest meat supplier – could see a rise in meat prices, it is feared.

    Live-cattle futures tumbled but came off initial lows Tuesday, according to Market Watch.

    And Jon Condon from Beef Central said supply issues could cause chaos for weeks, which could result in surging prices.

  • JBS USA’S STATEMENT AFTER CYBERSECURITY ATTACK

    In a statement, JBS USA said the company became aware of the cybersecurity attack on Sunday.

    “JBS USA determined that it was the target of an organized cybersecurity attack, affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems.

    “The company took immediate action, suspending all affected systems, notifying authorities and activating the company’s global network of IT professionals and third-party experts to resolve the situation,” the statement said.

    JBS said it is working with “an Incident Response firm” to restore its systems to their full capacity. There is no evidence of customer or employee data leaks as of yet.

    “Resolution of the incident will take time, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers,” JBS said.

  • AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT IS WORKING WITH JBS TO RESOLVE HACKING ISSUES

    Australian Agriculture Minister David Littleproud assured the public that the government and Australian Federal Police were working with JBS to resolve the problems from the cyberattack. 

    “Despite the fact that JBS accounts for around 20% of our processing production here in Australia, we’re not expecting there to be significant impacts on exports so long as this isn’t a protracted shutdown,” Littleproud said.

    “We’re also working with JBS right here in Australia to make sure that we can get some limited capacity up and going in the next couple of days. 

    “JBS have been very proactive in that,” he added.

  • ALL AMERICAN JBS BEEF PLANTS SHUT DOWN

    All of JBS’ American plants have been shut down as a result of Sunday’s cyberattack, according to the United Food & Commercial Workers.

    Reports say the cyberattack may have originated from Russia.

  • WHO OWNS JBS MEATPACKING?

    JBS meatpacking subsidiary is owned by JBS S.A., a Brazilian company known as the world’s largest processor of fresh beef and pork.

    The subsidiary was created when JBS entered the US market in 2007 after acquiring Swift & Company.

    JBS is headquartered in Greeley, Colorado but its operations trace back to 1855 in Eastham, Massachusetts.

    As of 2017, the company has produced more than $50billion in annual sales.

    It also accounts for almost a quarter of all meat processing in the US.

    JBS employs over 11,000 people.

  • JBS RANSOMWARE ATTACK STALLS PRODUCTION IN NORTH AMERICA AND AUSTRALIA

    On Sunday, May 30, 2021, the company suffered a cyber breach affecting working shifts for beef and pork plants located in Ottumwa, Iowa; Worthington, Minnesota; Cactus, Texas; and Greeley, Colorado.

    The attack affected some of its servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems.

    JBS Canada announced on Facebook that shifts were canceled at the Brooks, Alberta plant for Monday, June 1.

    Only one shift was cancelled for Tuesday, June 2 as of now. 

    JBS Australia might take days before production resumes in the country.

  • IOWA SENATOR SPOKE WITH CEO OF JBS AFTER ATTACK

    Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said he spoke with the CEO of JBS USA in the wake of the cyberattack on Sunday.

    Russia is suspected to be behind the attack. Grassley called the hacking a “direct attack” on those who provide food to American families.

    Grassley vowed that the US must hold the criminals accountable, saying “food security (equals) national security.”

  • RUSSIA ‘LIKELY’ BEHIND THE ATTACK

    The White House has said the ransomware attack against JBS originated from a criminal organization likely based in Russia.

    White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said the US has contacted Russia’s government about the matter and that the FBI is investigating.

    She said: “JBS notified the administration that the ransom demand came from a criminal organization likely based in Russia.

    “The White House is engaging directly with the Russian government on this matter and delivering the message that responsible states do not harbor ransomware criminals.”

  • WHERE IS JBS BASED?

    JBS is a Brazilian company with bases in North and South America and Australia.

    It has 47 locations across Australia alone.

    It also operates the largest network of production facilities and feedlots in the country.

    It also has operations in Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and Britain.

  • PRESIDENT URGES FIRMS TO TAKE RANSOMWARE SERIOUSLY

    Joe Biden is building on his executive order to tackle cybersecurity issues following the JBS attack.

    He is urging organizations across government and the private sector to take the threat of ransomware seriously.

    White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said today that the president has already launched a rapid strategic review to address the increased threat of ransomware, which “builds on President Biden’s executive order”.

    She continued: “The executive order outlines five high-priority cybersecurity initiatives that, if implemented, will reduce the risk of cyberattacks including ransomware.
     
    “We call on organizations across government and the private sector to take the threat of ransomware seriously and modernize their cyber defenses, including implementing the practices in the executive order.”

  • JOE BIDEN ‘PRIORITIZING COMBATING RANSOMWARE’

    Joe Biden is making combating ransomware a priority, it was said today.

    White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said: “Combating ransomware is a priority for the administration.

    “President Biden has already launched a rapid strategic review to address the increased threat of ransomware to include four lines of effort: one, distribution of ransomware infrastructure and actors working closely with the private sector; two, building an international coalition to hold countries who harbor ransom actors accountable; expanding cryptocurrency analysis to find and pursue criminal transaction; and reviewing the USG’s ransomware policies.”

  • USDA ‘ASSESSING IMPACTS ON SUPPLY’

    The United States Department of Agriculture is “assessing any impacts on supply” after the JBS cyberattack, the White House said today.

    Spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said : “USDA has reached out to several major meat processors in the United States to ensure they are aware of the situation. 

    “We’re assessing any impacts on supply, and the President has directed the administration to determine what we can do to mitigate any impacts as they may become necessary.”

  • FBI INVESTIGATING CYBER ATTACK

    The FBI is investigating the cyber attack on meat supplier JBS.

    White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said today: “The White House has offered assistance to JBS, and our team and the Department of Agriculture have spoken to their leadership several times in the last day.

    “The White House is engaging directly with the Russian government on this matter and delivering the message that responsible states do not harbor ransomware criminals.

    “The FBI is investigating the incident and CISA is coordinating with the FBI to offer technical support to the company in recovering from the ransomware attack.”

  • ‘10,000 AUSTRALIAN WORKERS SENT HOME WITHOUT PAY’

    JBS’ Australian facilities were said to have been paralyzed by the attack, with up to 10,000 meat workers being sent home without pay, according to a union representative.

    “It’s affecting JBS processing facilities around (Australia),” AMIEU Queensland branch secretary Matt Journeaux told AFP.

    “They have stood down workers across JBS operations.”

    Journeaux said there was no word yet from the company on when operations will resume.

  • GLOBAL IMPACT OF JBS SHUT-DOWNS

    Brazil-based JBS is a sprawling meat supplier with operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and Britain.

    “JBS USA determined that it was the target of an organized cybersecurity attack, affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems,” the company said in a statement Monday.

    JBS said its backup servers were not affected by the incident, but the statement did not offer details on the status of its plants.

  • 2,900 WORKERS HAVE SHIFTS CANCELLED AT GREELEY PLANT

    Workers have had their shifts cancelled at the JBS plant in Greeley, Colorado.

    Marcela Salazar, spokesperson for the local food workers union, said two shifts at the Greeley plant – the largest meatpacking plant in the US – were canceled on Tuesday due to the attack.

    It’s estimated the cancellations have impacted more than 2,900 workers at the plant, reports the Greeley Tribune.

  • CONTINUED: EXPERTS PILE ON PRESSURE

    “The US government needs to immediately implement the Treasury KYC regulation for large cryptocurrency transactions to de-anonymize payments to these criminal groups.

    “We also need to apply significant pressure on countries harboring these criminals and offering them safe haven (primarily Russia).

    “We need to demand immediate arrests and prosecutions.”

  • EXPERTS PILE ON PRESSURE

    Experts have piled pressure onto the US government to take action after the latest large-scale cybersecurity attack.

    Dmitri Alperovitch, computer security industry executive, said on Twitter: “First it was the hospitals during a global pandemic.

    “Then it was energy supply (pipeline).

    “Now it’s our food security (JBS).

    “Enough is enough. Ransomware is now one of our top national security threats.

  • CYBERATTACK COULD SEE RISING MEAT PRICES

    The cyberattack on JBS – the world’s largest meat supplier – could see a rise in meat prices, it is feared.

    Live-cattle futures tumbled but came off initial lows Tuesday, according to Market Watch.

    And Jon Condon from Beef Central said supply issues could cause chaos for weeks, which could result in surging prices.

  • FOOD SYSTEM CONSOLIDATION IS ‘HUGE HEADACHE’

    Consolidation in the food system is a “huge headache”, according to the National Farmers Union.

    It claimed the major disruption following the cybersecurity hack on JBS is down to the company controlling one fifth of meat processing in America.

    The union tweeted today: “Reason 914 why consolidation in the food system is a huge headache: Because JBS controls about ~20% of meat processing in the U.S., security attacks like this can have massive implications for our national food supply.”

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