JBS, the world’s biggest meat supplier, shut down its North American and Australian computer networks after hackers launched a new cybersecurity attack on their servers.
JBS USA said in a statement from Greeley, Colorado on Monday that “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 cyberattack has also halted the processing operation at one of Canada’s largest meatpacking plants. JBS Australia has also suspended meatworks operations which will affect thousands of workers and suppliers.
“The meat in the sandwich is that this is a concerted effort against Australian business and the workers will suffer as a result of that. In most processing facilities the workers are on daily hire arrangements and unfortunately, if they don’t work, they don’t get paid,” said Matt Journeaux, the Australian Meat Industry Employees’ Union Queensland Secretary.
JBS, which is also Australia’s largest meat processing company, operates 47 facilities across the country and employs 11,000 people.
David Littleproud, Australian Agriculture Minister announced that the government and Australian Federal Police were collaborating with JBS to resolve the situation and pursue those responsible for the cyberattack.
Littleproud added that it was too early at this stage of the investigation to speculate who might be responsible for the attack or whether the attack was ransomware.