GREELEY, COLO. – JBS USA is making progress recovering from a cyberattack that halted production at some plants in North America and Australia.
“Our systems are coming back online and we are not sparing any resources to fight this threat,” said Andre Nogueira, chief executive officer of JBS USA. “We have cybersecurity plans in place to address these types of issues and we are successfully executing those plans. Given the progress our IT professionals and plant teams have made in the last 24 hours, the vast majority of our beef, pork, poultry and prepared foods plants will be operational tomorrow (June 2).”
On May 31, the company said servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems were the target of an organized cyberattack. While production was halted at some plants, the company said it was able to ship product to customers.
By June 1, some plant operations in the United States and Australia had resumed, according to the company. Several pork, poultry and prepared foods plants were operational and its Canada beef facility resumed production.
On the heels of the Colonial Pipeline attack that disrupted gasoline production in the eastern part of the United States, the cyberattack on JBS has garnered the attention of the leaders of Australia, Canada and the United States.
“I want to personally thank the White House, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Australian and Canadian governments for their assistance over the last two days,” Mr. Nogueira said.
JBS USA is a business unit of JBS SA, São Paulo, Brazil, one of the world’s largest meat and poultry companies. The company’s US division had sales of approximately $43 billion in 2020, operates 48 plants in the United States and employs 107,000.