JBS meat processing giant shut down by cyber attack

Global company faces attack in Australia, US and Canada.

Media outlets around the world have reported one of the world’s largest meat works was hit over the weekend by an organised cyber-attack on its information systems.

According to a statement released by the company JBS USA determined that it was the target of an organised 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.

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

In JBS’ Australia business overview for 2021, the company stated the Australian operation came under JBS ownership in 2007.

In Australia, JBS owns some of the largest and most technologically advanced production facilities, each located for best access to livestock. JBS Australia operates multiple meat processing operations and feedlots across Australia and New Zealand, as well as Australia’s largest smallgoods manufacturer, Primo Foods, and high-value meat cutting and caseready production facility, Andrews Meat Industries.

JBS also owns and operates a wholesale division, D.R. Johnston; an international meat and by-products trading business, Swift & Company Trade Group; and is the major shareholder in Scott, a leading automation technology company.

JBS Australia’s meat and food processing facilities are strategically located in both northern and southern Australia, which provides access to different beef and lamb varieties that serve broad domestic and export end-users.

Globally in 2020, JBS announced a plan to roll out is blockchain-based Green Platform  in four-phases. According to an interview with the global CEO, by December 2020 the company hoped to complete the development of the platform and rounds out its strategy of communication and engagement with the supply chain.





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