The White House said the cyberattack on one of the world's largest food companies likely came from Russia.


This is what the authorities of the JBS company believe, which since Sunday has paralyzed operations in the US, Canada, and Australia.

The US affiliate of Brazilian meat-processing giant JBS has warned that the ransom-demanding cyberattack that the firm has suffered since Sunday comes from a "criminal organization likely based in Russia," a White House spokeswoman said Tuesday.

"The White House is in direct contact with the Russian government on this issue and sends the message that the responsible states do not harbor ransomware criminals," said spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, alluding to the scheme that takes advantage of the flaws. Security of a computer system to block it and then demand a ransom to resume it.

The US subsidiary of Brazilian meat-processing giant JBS announced Monday that it was targeted by hackers, forcing it to shut down some operations in the United States, Canada, and Australia, in the latest case of a hack against large companies.

The firm said in a statement, without elaborating on the nature of the detective intervention, that JBS America has committed itself to be the target of a systematic cybersecurity attack, which has targeted northern servers and Australia—affected some servers supporting its IT system. on Sunday.

The attack comes less than a month after it severely hit US pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline and broadens the range of multinationals targeted by massive computer intrusions.

JBS USA, one of the main producers of beef and pork in the United States, said it suspended all affected systems and called its IT staff and external experts to address it.

The agency said there was no evidence when consumer, supplier, or employee data had been compromised or misused as a result of the situation. However, it warns that transactions with consumers and suppliers may be delayed. He also assured that his backup servers were not affected.

In the United States, some production lines were stopped at least two of the group's plants in Iowa. A refrigerator was closed in Wisconsin, according to messages on its official Facebook pages. According to an employee who responded to a call from the AFP agency at the site and who preferred not to give his name, a plant in Utah was also stopped. In Canada, a refrigerator that employs about 3,300 people canceled three shifts on Monday and Tuesday, according to the plant's Facebook page.

JBS, a Brazilian multinational specialized in meat, chicken, and pork products, is one of the largest agri-food companies in the world. In addition to Brazil and other Latin American countries, it has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, and Great Britain.

Cyberattacks against large economic groups are multiplying

In early May, hackers attacked Colonial Pipeline, which carries nearly half of the gasoline and other fuels consumed on the East Coast of the United States.

Forced to shut down its operations, leading to shortages and panic buying among motorists, the company acknowledged that it paid the attackers a $ 4.4 million ransom to release its online systems.

The US authorities accused DarkSide, a group of cybercriminals allegedly based in Russia, of the attack, which Moscow denies.

The vulnerability shown led the US government to impose cybersecurity requirements on the country's pipelines for the first time last week.

The attack on Texan corporate software SolarWinds had already shaken the US government and corporate security in December.

More recently, the cyber attack on Microsoft's messaging, this time attributed to Chinese hackers supported by Beijing, affected at least 30,000 US groups, including companies, cities, and local groups.