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JBS Resumes Operations After Ransomware Attack

JBS, the world’s largest meat processing company, reports that most production has resumed after a weekend ransomware attack on the company’s computer servers supporting the company’s operations in North America and Australia. The attack was the largest ever on a food manufacturer, but they targeted 40 other food companies over the last year. The latest attack on critical infrastructure was the second in recent weeks, following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline. The U.S. has no cybersecurity requirements for companies outside of the electric, nuclear, and banking systems. There has been a recent discussion about suggested requirements that all businesses maintain minimum cybersecurity requirements.

Statement from JBS USA and Pilgrims

JBS USA and Pilgrim’s Anticipate Global Operations at Near Full Capacity

Press Release June 2, 2021

Today, JBS USA and Pilgrim’s announced they are on schedule to resume production at all of their facilities on Thursday. The company’s rapid recovery from the cyberattack continued today, providing further assurance to more than 100,000 JBS USA and Pilgrim’s team members, livestock and poultry producer partners, customers, and consumers. 

“JBS USA and Pilgrim’s continue to make significant progress in restoring our IT systems and returning to business as usual,” said Andre Nogueira, JBS USA CEO. “Today, the vast majority of our facilities resumed operations as we forecast yesterday, including all of our pork, poultry, and prepared foods facilities around the world and the majority of our beef facilities in the U.S. and Australia.”

The company is not aware of any evidence of a compromise to any customer, supplier, or employee data.

“Given the progress our teams have made to address this situation; we anticipate operating at close to full capacity across our global operations tomorrow,” Nogueira added.