June 2, 2021


The cyberattacks are frequently occurring in the United States leading up to the meeting between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. On Sunday, major meat producer JBS USA was on the receiving end of a devastating cyberattack. It’s believed that Russia is behind the attack, but this is not confirmed.

Details of the Attack

On Sunday, JBS USA servers were affected by ransomware. The IT systems that were devastated supported the United States and Australian markets. The company released a statement after the incident to make people aware of the attack and the problems that ensued.

“The company is not aware of any evidence at this time that any customer, supplier, or employee data has been compromised or misused as a result of the situation. Resolution of the incident will take time, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.”

Even though this will take time to solve, it’s a positive sign that no employee data is believed to be compromised. The company is doing its best to resolve the issue as soon as possible. IT leaders are working with an incident response firm to get back online.

However, this cyberattack will cost JBS USA a lot of money until they are back to 100%.

Background on JBS

JBS USA is a division of JBS Foods, which is one of the world’s largest food companies. Whoever hacked the company’s software had this in mind during the breach. Transportation, packaging, and production have been delayed since Sunday because of the cyberattack.

JBS Foods operates in 15 countries, and they ship to customers in 100 countries. Some of the brands that JBS Food is responsible for are Pilgrim’s, Great Southern, and Aberdeen Black.

White House Comments

It’s believed that Russia was behind the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack. After this incident, the Russian SolarWinds hackers struck government agencies all over the world.

The Kremlin has denied all allegations, but the cyberattacks have been building as the meeting between Biden and Putin draws near.

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre spoke to the press on Tuesday about the JBS attack.

She said the ransomware attack “was from a criminal organization likely based in Russia.” Jean-Pierre explained that the White House was confronting Russia and working with the Kremlin to find the hackers.

The White House and Agricultural Department are offering to help JBS, but this has not solved any issues. President Biden is attempting to figure out how to solve the meat shortage in the United States that will result from this cyberattack. Australia is also offering assistance to JBS because their meat supply has been affected as well.

With this many people working to fix the cyberattack problems, JBS will likely return to normalcy soon. However, ransomware issues can be challenging to overturn.

Meg King, the director of the science and technology innovation program at The Wilson Center, talk to CNN Business about what needs to be done with the latest cyberattacks.

“Now is the time for a global agreement to break the business model of ransomware.” Cyberattacks will likely be a significant discussion topic when Biden and Putin meet this month.

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