MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian and North American units of the world’s largest meat works were hit over the weekend by an organised cyber attack on its information systems, Brazil’s JBS SA said in a statement.
“On Sunday, May 30, JBS USA determined that it was the target of an organised cybersecurity attack, affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems,” it said in a statement released Monday afternoon, U.S. time.
The attack shut down operations across several Australian states, JBS Australia Chief Executive Officer Brent Eastwood told industry news website Beefcentral on Sunday, at which time he was not able to say how long the stoppage would last.
Australian meat processing operations would be impossible without normal access to IT and internet systems, according to the Beefcentral report. JBS’s Primo Smallgoods business in Queensland state has also been affected, the report said.
(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Kirsten Donovan and Richard Pullin)