Where’s The Beef? The World’s Largest Meat Processing Company Pwned In Cyberattack That Has Shut Down Operations Globally

Here’s a cyberattack that has world wide ramifications. JBS Foods has fallen victim to a cyberattack that have shut down production around the world:

The world’s largest meat processing company, JBS Foods, has fallen victim to cyber attacks that have shut down production around the world, including in Australia.

The company’s information systems were targeted, chief executive Brent Eastwood confirmed to Beef Central on Monday.

JBS has 47 facilities across Australia and operates the largest network of production facilities and feedlots in the country.

The company also has meat processing facilities in North and South America, Brazil and Canada.

A spokesperson refused to comment on the cyber attacks.

It isn’t clear what type of cyberattack this is. But seeing as it is global in scope, this has the potential to become a major problem and affect a whole lot of us.

As usual, law enforcement and the like have been informed. But as usual, this is way too late as the pwnage has already happened and now this company is in damage control mode. Thus highlighting that a ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

UPDATE: I have some commentary from David Masson, Director of Enterprise Security of Darktrace:  

Just weeks after the Colonial Pipeline was shut down and Ireland’s national health service was knocked out, the JBS breach serves as another example of the vulnerabilities of critical national infrastructure in the wake of destructive cyber-attacks. 

The details of the breach hint that this too was a ransomware attack, the target this time being national food supply chains. Once again, the notion that ransomware is a national security threat is ringing true – and we need a fundamentally different approach to security without throwing more humans into the mix. 

As our world becomes increasingly hyperconnected, the barriers to attack become lower – and many more points of entry open up for hackers to exploit. Traditional security tools and human teams are struggling to contain attacks, and the result is often blunt and heavy-handed responses that stop the spread of the attack, but cause major operational disruption. Organizations need an alternative way out – one which can thwart attacks before they have a chance to spread. This is why thousands of organizations are turning to technologies like autonomous response to fight fire with fire – and contain attacks before the damage is done. 

2 Responses to “Where’s The Beef? The World’s Largest Meat Processing Company Pwned In Cyberattack That Has Shut Down Operations Globally”

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