JBS Foods, the world’s largest meat supplier, has in a statement that it was targeted by an “organized cyber security attack” on Sunday.
The firm said some of its Australian and North American servers were affected by the attack and “acted immediately” by suspending all affected systems and notifying the relevant authorities.
“The company’s backup servers have not been affected, and they are actively working with an Incident Response firm to repair its systems as soon as possible,” the statement said.
JBS, a Brazilian firm headquartered in North America in Colorado, added that it was “not aware” of any employee, customer or supplier data that was violated or obtained during the attack.
“Resolving the incident will take time,” JBS added, “which could delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.”
According to a website for the publication of the industry BeefCentral, the company’s meat processing operations were “paralyzed” by the cyber attack and noted that it was not “related to animal or environmental activism.”
Bloomberg News, referring to union officials in a Facebook post, reported that some relocations in its Canadian and U.S. plants had been canceled due to the incident.
Scott Payne, spokesman for United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union Local 401, told Bloomberg that a plant in Brooks, Alberta, Canada, had closed. “The operations of the plant were effectively closed for the day,” he said.
It is not clear how the cyberattack will affect customers, or cause a meat shortage. JBS has not provided a timeline for when its systems will be back online. It is also unclear who carried out the attack.
JBS Foods, which he says is one of the largest food companies in the world, operates in 15 countries and customers in about 100 countries, according to on the company’s website. Brands include Pilgrim’s, Great Southern and Aberdeen Black.
Last month, Colonial Pipeline, a major fuel transportation system along the U.S. east coast, was breached by an attack on ransomware that, according to FBI officials, originated in Russia and Eastern Europe. The pipeline was down for about a week, causing a rise in gas prices as well as fuel shortages in several southeastern states.
The FBI said the Russian group DarkSide was the entity responsible for the crime.
Microsoft said in May that hackers responsible for infringing SolarWinds also targeted about 3,000 email accounts at various organizations.
“We have observed cyberattacks by the threat actor Nobelium targeting government agencies, think tanks, consultants and non-governmental organizations,” Microsoft said, adding that Nobelium is operating in Russia. “These wave attacks targeted about 3,000 email accounts at more than 150 different organizations. While organizations in the United States received the bulk of the attacks, targeted victims spread across at least 24 countries. ”
The Epoch Times contacted JBS for comment.