Cyberattack affects JBS meat processing in US, Australia

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV/WOOD) — Meat processing giant JBS has stopped production at at least one U.S. plant after it announced it was the target of an organized cybersecurity attack.

JBS USA said determined Sunday that it was attacked and said that attack is affecting some of the servers that support its North America and Australian IT systems. JBS announced it is suspending all affected systems and notifying the authorities.

In Plainwell, the JBS plant was up and running Tuesday. News 8 reached out to JBS but did not hear back about any affect on the Plainwell plant.

According to a JBS news release from last fall, the JBS USA Plainwell beef facility employs nearly 1,400 people with an annual payroll of more than $62 million. The facility supports more than 600 producers, paying them more than $570 million per year for their livestock.

Nationally, Bloomberg is reporting that the Sunday cyberattack forced shutdowns, including JBS’s five biggest beef plants in the U.S., which all together deal in more than 22,500 cattle a day.

JBS Beef in Green Bay, Wisconsin, posted on its Facebook page saying there would be no production Tuesday. It did not mention if it was related to the cyberattack.

Slaughter operations across Australia were also down. Thousands of Australian meat workers had no work for a second day on Tuesday. A government minister said it might be days before production resumes.

It’s unclear exactly how many plants globally have been affected by the attack. JBS has yet to release details.

JBS said it is not aware of any evidence at this time that any customer, supplier or employee data has been compromised. The company also says the resolution of the incident will take time, which can delay transactions with customers and suppliers.

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