World’s Largest Meatpacker JBS Hit By Ransomware Attack, WH Confirms; Plants Halt Slaughter

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GREELEY, Colo. — On Sunday, JBS USA, the world’s largest meatpacker, was the target of a massive ransomware attack, affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems.

The company suspended all affected systems, notified authorities and is working to resolve the situation.

JBS canceled shifts at large U.S. and Canadian meat plants

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday the FBI is investigating.

We are “engaging directly with the Russian government on this matter and delivering the message that responsible states do not harbor ransomware criminals,” Jean-Pierre said.

“The company is not aware of any evidence at this time that any customer, supplier or employee data has been compromised or misused as a result of the situation,” JBS said in a statement. “Resolution of the incident will take time, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.”

“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.”

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