(CNN) – Major meat producer JBS USA suffered a cyber attack on Sunday.
The attack affected servers that support its IT systems in North America and Australia, the company said in a press release.
“The company is currently not aware of any evidence that customer, supplier or employee data has been compromised or misused as a result of the situation,” said JBS. “The incident will take time to resolve, which can delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.”
JBS USA is part of JBS Foods, one of the largest food companies in the world. According to its website, the company operates in 15 countries and has customers in about 100 countries. Brands include Pilgrim’s, Great Southern, and Aberdeen Black. JBS said it is working with an incident response company to get its systems back on track as soon as possible.
The White House spoke about the attack in a press conference on Tuesday. Deputy Chief Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that JBS was the victim of a ransomware attack “by a criminal organization believed to be based in Russia.” She added that the White House is negotiating directly with the Russian government on the matter.
JBS contacted the White House on Sunday and said it was the victim of a ransomware attack, Jean-Pierre said, and the White House and Department of Agriculture have offered help. The FBI is also investigating the incident, she added.
Jean-Pierre said President Biden has also directed his government to work with the USDA to determine how to mitigate the impact on the country’s meat supply.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for additional comments.
On Tuesday, Australian Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud tweeted about the JBS cyberattack, saying the company is working closely with law enforcement agencies, both in Australia and abroad, to get operations back on track and “hold those responsible to justice.” to pull “. . “
The attack comes weeks after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that forced a six-day shutdown of one of the largest fuel pipelines in the United States. The pipeline has since returned to normal operation.
“If the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack didn’t hit enough consumers to spark a response from the international community, the incident with the JBS meat supplier likely will,” Meg King, director of science and technology innovation program at the Wilson Center, told CNN Business. “Now is the time for a global agreement to break the ransomware business model,” she added.
“The supply chains, logistics and transportation that keep our society moving are particularly vulnerable to ransomware, where attacks on bottlenecks can have oversized effects and lead to rushed payments,” said John Hultquist, VP of Analysis at cybersecurity firm Mandiant Threat Intelligence. opposite CNN Business.
Later in May, Microsoft said it believed the hackers responsible for last year’s SolarWinds attack targeted 3,000 email accounts from various organizations – most of them in the United States.
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