/ 03 June 2021

Big Meat sends in the feds

The FBI is investigating this week’s cyberattack on the world’s biggest meat processor, JBS Foods. Initial intelligence points to Russian hackers who are holding the company to ransom, reports say. JBS says its US operations started getting back on track yesterday, but its Aussie operations remained offline for a 3rd day, leaving more than 6,500 workers locked out. There’s also speculation that there will be a noticeable disruption to the world’s meat supply, but Agricultural Minister David Littleproud yesterday said it’s too early to tell. The attack is the latest of a series by Russian criminal groups targeting large Western corporations. Last month, hackers targeted US fuel distributor Colonial Pipeline which saw the company pay a US$4.4 million ransom to avoid a nationwide petrol shortage.

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