JBS USA, the world’s largest meat supplier, says it was the target of an “organized cybersecurity attack.”
In a statement, JBS, which has its U.S. headquarters in Greeley, Colorado, said the attack affected some of its servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems.
“The company took immediate action, suspending all affected systems, notifying authorities and activating the company’s global network of IT professionals and third-party experts to resolve the situation,” the company said in its statement. “The company’s backup servers were not affected, and it is actively working with an Incident Response firm to restore its systems as soon as possible.”
How consumers might be impacted by the attack was not immediately known Monday.
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Earlier in the month, a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, a key artery in the nation’s energy infrastructure, temporarily disrupted the transportation of fuel in the Southeastern U.S. It triggered panic-buying of gasoline and led to gas shortages.
JBS, which is a leading processor of beef, pork and other prepared foods in the U.S., said it “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.”
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Bloomberg reported Monday that the JBS incident affected a Canadian beef plant in Brooks, Alberta, about 118 miles east of Calgary, according to a spokesperson for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401.
JBS says it has 84 U.S. properties and the company owns facilities in 20 countries.
“Resolution of the incident will take time, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers,” JBS said.
This story is developing and will be updated.
Contributing: Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY
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