World’s largest meat producer JBS’s Australian and North American units went through an organized cyberattack on its information systems over the weekend, causing Australian operations to shut down on Monday, Fox News reports.
JBS USA said in a statement that some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems were target of an organized cybersecurity attack, but that it has no evidence that any of its data has been compromised or misused.
JBS Australia Chief Executive Officer Brent Eastwood told industry news website Beefcentral that the attack shut down operations across several Australian states, but wasn’t able to say when will they be restarted.
Meat processing operations in Australia would be impossible without normal access to IT and internet systems, but the company said it was working to resolve the incident.
Australian Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said that the Australian Government and Australian Federal Police are working with JBS to resolve the problems and to pursue those responsible.