Cyberattack on world's largest meatpacker likely from Russia

Photo: AP JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colorado.

Brazil's JBS told the US government that a ransomware attack on the company that disrupted meat production in North America and Australia on Monday is originated from a criminal organization likely based in Russia, the White House said on Tuesday, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre announced  the US contacted Russia's government and that the FBI was investigating, news wires reported.

JBS, the world's largest meatpacker, said on Tuesday night it had made "significant progress in resolving the cyberattack." The "vast majority" of the company's beef, pork, poultry and prepared foods plants will be operational on Wednesday, according to a statement, easing concerns over rising food prices. JBS halted cattle slaughter at all its US plants on Tuesday, according to union officials. On Monday, the attack caused Australian operations to shut down.

The cyberattack followed one last month by a group with ties to Russia on Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the United States, which crippled fuel delivery for several days in the US Southeast, Reuters recalls.

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