Major meat producer JBS USA suffered a cyberattack on Sunday. It affected servers supporting its IT systems in North America and Australia,” the company said in a statement.
“The company is not currently aware of any evidence that customer, vendor or employee data has been compromised or misused as a result of the situation,” JBS said. “Resolution of the incident will take time, which could delay certain transactions with customers and vendors.”
The attack led to the closure of the largest meat processing plants in the United States. JBS USA is part of JBS Foods, which it says is one of the world’s largest food companies. It operates in 15 countries and has customers in about 100 countries, according to its Web site. JBS brands include Pilgrim’s, Great Southern and Aberdeen Black. The White House mentioned the attack during a press conference Tuesday.
Deputy press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre told reporters that JBS was the victim of a ransomware attack “perpetrated by a criminal organization likely based in Russia.” She added that the White House is in direct discussions with the Russian government. The attack came weeks after a cyberattack targeting Colonial Pipeline that shut down one of the largest fuel pipelines in the United States for six days. It has since returned to normal operation.