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Ransomware Attack On Major Meat Processor JBS Likely From Russia, White House Says

Global news Luz Michaud todayJune 4, 2021

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A cyber attack of the world’s largest meat processing company, JBS, that the White House said Tuesday likely originated from Russia has wiped out one-fifth of the U.S.’s beef production capacity, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

JBS accounts for roughly a quarter of the country’s beef processing.

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Key Facts

Bloomberg, based on information from labor unions and employees, calculated five of JBS’s biggest beef plants in the U.S. halted processing after the weekend ransomware attack.

The crippling of these plants—which altogether handle over 22,000 cattle a day—means the U.S. has lost about one-fifth of its beef production capacity, the news outlet tallied, as JBS accounts for roughly a quarter of the country’s beef processing.

Though the full impact of the attack globally is still being tallied, slaughter operations in Australia were also shut down on Monday and one of Canada’s largest beef plants has also been shuttered since the start of this week.

This comes as White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said at a Tuesday press conference that JBS received a ransom demand from a “criminal organization likely based in Russia.” 

Jean-Pierre didn’t detail the ransom demand, but said the U.S. has been in contact with Russia’s government about the attack. 

The White House has also “offered assistance to JBS” and the Department of Agriculture officials have spoken “several times in the last day” with the company’s leadership, Jean-Pierre said, while the FBI has launched its own inquiry into the incident.

The attack serves as another complicating development to a Biden-Putin summit later this month. 

Crucial Quote 

The U.S. is “assessing” any potential impacts on supply, Jean-Pierre said, adding that President Biden told his administration to “determine what it can do to mitigate any impacts as they become necessary.” 

Key Background 

JBS announced the attack in a press release Monday, explaining the company’s IT systems in both North America and Australia had been targeted. “The company took immediate action, suspending all affected systems,” the statement said, noting “backup servers were not affected.” The attack has still had an impact on the global supply chain as JBS shut down its Australian operations on Monday and has stopped livestock slaughter in several U.S. states, according to Reuters

Surprising Fact

This attack comes a month after a separate ransomware attack took offline the Colonial Pipeline, the U.S.’s largest fuel pipeline. That cyber attack was also believed to have originated in Russia from a since-shuttered group of cyber criminals known as “DarkSide.” 

Tangent 

The two cyber attacks increase the pressure on President Biden to address the issue during his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden has already said he plans to press Putin on human rights when the two are slated to convene at a summit in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16. 

Further Reading 

“Biden Will Meet Putin For First Face-To-Face Meeting Of Presidency” (Forbes)

Written by: Luz Michaud

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