White House: Ransomware attack on major meat processing company ‘likely’ from Russia

JBS USA said in a statement Monday that it will “take time” to resolve the issue and said there could be delays in sales. The company said the attack targeted their IT systems in North America and Australia.

“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 statement said. “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.”

The apparent attack came just weeks after hackers brought the Colonial Pipeline to a halt and wreaked havoc on the East Coast’s gas supply.

The White House has offered help to JBS, and the administration as well as the USDA have been in touch with JBS leadership “several times,” Jean-Pierre said. She said JBS notified the administration of the apparent attack on Sunday.

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