Largest Meat Distributor in the World Hit With Cyberattack. Could Affect Meat Supply Across America
Over Memorial Day Weekend, JBS, the worlds largest meat supplier was attacked by ransomware, which could greatly affect the meat supply across the country, which of course will result in high prices.
First toilet paper... then gas... Do we now need to be concerned about a potential meat shortage? See this is where my grandmothers old deep freezer full of meat comes in handy. (literally my first thought).
OK so here's what happened... The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the JBS became aware that they were hit with a cyberattack. Such an attack impacts the company's ability to produce at many of their facilities, which of course would slow down production. Not good. JBS beef facilities are already experiencing nationwide shutdowns.
On Monday JBS released the following statement.
“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".
According to CBSN the White House is attributing the attack to a criminal group out of Russia. The amount of the ransom unknown. It is also unknown if JBS paid the ransom. They haven't released a public statement and were unable to be reached.
We will follow this story closely, so look for updates.