CANBERRA, Australia — A coming back online, and we are not sparing any resources to fight this threat,” Andre Nogueira, CEO of JBS USA, said in a statement. The said JBS had notified the U.S. of a from a criminal organization likely based in Russia. White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the White House and the Department of Agriculture had contacted the company several times this .disrupted production around the world just weeks after a similar incident shut down a U.S. oil pipeline. Brazil’s JBS SA, however, said late Tuesday that it had made “significant progress” in dealing with the cyberattack and to be operating on Wednesday. “Our systems are
JBS is the second-largest producer of beef, pork, and chicken in the U.S. If it were to shut down for even one day, the U.S. would lose almost a quarter of its beef-processing capacity, or the equivalent of 20,000 beef cows, according to Trey Malone, an assistant professor of agriculture at Michigan. The closures reflect the reality that modern meat for food- and worker-safety reasons. Computers at multiple stages of the production process, and orders, billing, shipping, and other electronic functions.
JBS, a majority shareholder of Pilgrim’s Pride, didn’t say which of its 84 U.S. facilities were closed Monday and Tuesday because of the attack. It said JBS USA and Pilgrim’scouldo ship meat from nearly all of their facilities Tuesday. The company also said it was progressingresuming plant operations in the U.S. and Australia. Several of the company’s pork, poultry, and prepared foods plants were operational Tuesday, and its Canada .
Earlier Tuesday, a unionthat two shifts at the company’s largest U.S. beef plant in Greeley, Colorado, were canceled. Some plant shifts in Canada were also canceled Monday and Tuesday, according to JBS . In Australia, thousands of meat plant workers had no Tuesday, and a government minister said it might be days before production resumes. JBS is Australia’smost giantt meat and company, with 47 facilities across the country, including slaughterhouses, feedlots, and meat processing sites.
Jean-Pierre said the White House “engages directly with the Russian government on this matter and delivers the message that responsibledo not harbor ransomware criminals.” The FBI is investigating the incident, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency offers technical support to JBS. In addition, USDA has spoken to several major meat processors in the U.S. to alert them to the situation, and the is assessing any potential impact on the nation’s meat supply.