Pilgrim’s Pride owner resumes global operations after cyber attack

All of meatpacker JBS SA’s global facilities are fully operational after a weekend cyberattack disrupted much of its North American and Australian operations, according to a report from Reuters.

A Russian cyber-criminal group was behind a ransomware attack that has targeted the world’s largest meat processing company, the FBI has said. The breach over the weekend shut some JBS operations in the US, Canada and Australia.

In a statement released by the meatpacker, it said its Brazilian arm in the United States and Pilgrim’s Pride, a U.S. chicken company mostly owned by JBS, lost less than one day’s worth of food production following the hack, and that the losses will be recovered by the end of next week.

JBS voluntarily shut down all its systems to isolate the intrusion upon learning of the attack, which failed to infect encrypted backup servers, according to the statement.

“The criminals were never able to access our core systems, which greatly reduced potential impact,” said Andre Nogueira, chief executive of JBS USA.

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