Meat Producer JBS USA Hit By Ransomware Attack

The company says recovery from the attack may delay transactions with customers and suppliers.

JBS USA, a major meat producer, says it was the victim of a cyberattack over the weekend.

The company says the attack targeted servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems. JBS’ backup servers were not affected, and a statement from the organization says it is working with an incident response firm to restore 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,” the statement says. “Resolution of the incident will take time, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.”

While the company statement does not refer to the attack as a ransomware attack, at a White House press conference Tuesday, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said JBS contacted the White House and reported it had been hit with a ransomware attack on Sunday. The White House attributed the attack to “a criminal organization likely based in Russia.”

The FBI is investigating, according to White House officials.

JBS USA is part of JBS Foods. The company’s web site says it has customers in 100 countries across six continents.

The release from JBS can be found here.

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