Cyberattack Hits Major Meat Processor and Parent Company of Large Trucking Fleet
Greeley, CO – JBS USA, the world’s largest meat processor and parent company to JBS Carriers, was hit with a cyberattack over the weekend.
The Colorado-based company confirmed it was a victim of an “organized cybersecurity attack” on Sunday, May 30.
In a statement, JBS USA said the attack impacted 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 stated. “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.”
Multiple reports on Tuesday confirmed JBS USA was forced to suspend operations at numerous meat processing facilities in the U.S. including all of its beef plants which account for nearly 25% of America’s beef supply.
The company indicated the resolution to the matter will “take time” and expects delays of certain transactions with customers and suppliers.
Cattle haulers who service JBS USA are among those who will be most severely impacted.
However, JBS Carriers, the regional truckload partner carrier to JBS USA, is also expected to be impacted by the attack as a protracted supply disruption will hamper load volumes and deliveries.
The large trucking fleet operates nearly 750 trucks.
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), JBS Carriers employs 793 truck drivers.
Some experts fear such a disruption could lead to meat shortages and price increases for consumers.
Meanwhile, the White House is again pointing the blame to Russian hackers as was the case last month when the Colonial Pipeline was allegedly hit with a ransomware attack.
“In the last day, JBS notified the administration that the ransom demand came from a criminal organization likely based in Russia,” Karine Jean-Pierre, principal deputy press secretary, told reporters on Tuesday. “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.”
Jean-Pierre indicated the White House was working with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to monitor the situation.
“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 to the administration to determine what we can do to mitigate any impacts as they may become necessary,” she stated.
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