JBS Australia suffers cyber attack

Australia’s largest meat processing facility, operated by Brazil’s JBA SA, was hit by a major cyber attack over the weekend.
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Reuters reports that the hack targeted the meat plant’s information systems.

The attack shut down operations across Australia, JBS Australia Chief Executive Officer Brent Eastwood told Beefcentral on 30 May. He was not able to say how long the stoppage would last, according to an industry news website.

It was unclear, according to the report, if operations of the world’s largest meatpacker in other countries such as Canada and the United States would also be impacted. Monday marks the US Memorial Day public holiday.

JBS Australia said it was unable to speculate about a resumption of processing operations in the country, and its first priority was to assess the impact and extent of the attack, according to the report.

However, processing operations would be impossible without normal access to IT and internet systems, it said. JBS’s Primo Smallgoods business in Queensland state has also been impacted, the report said.

JBS did not immediately reply to an emailed request for comment.

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Source: Reuters

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