Cyberattack on JBS shutters U.S., Australia meat processing plants


June 1 (UPI) — A cyberattack on JBS, the world’s largest beef supplier, has shuttered processing facilities in the United States and Australia, the company announced Tuesday.

The Brazil-based company said it was hacked Sunday in a ransomware attack. White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Tuesday that the attack likely came from Russia.


“JBS notified the administration that the ransom demand came from a criminal organization, likely based in Russia,” she said.

“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.”

JBS operates 11 beef processing facilities in Australia and 26 chicken processing facilities in the United States, NBC News reported. At least one Pilgrim’s Pride processing facility — in Arcadia, Wis. — canceled its night shift Monday due to computer issues.

Ransomware attacks, in which hackers target companies or individuals and threaten to publish or block data unless they’re paid a ransom, have been a source of concern in the United States in recent months. One such attack on Colonial Pipeline shuttered the oil pipeline’s operations for more than a week, leading to a gas shortage in the U.S. Southeast.