The world's largest meat producer shut down multiple slaughterhouses following a cyber attack.
JBS USA closed five plants in the United States, along with all of the company's plants in Australia and one in Canada. The closures wiped about 1/5 of the world's meat supply, as the five plants in the U.S. handle 22,500 cattle every day.
Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the ransomware attack came from a criminal organization in Russia, and that U.S. officials are in contact with the Russian government about the cyber attack. President Joe Biden directed his administration to work to mitigate any impact the attack may have on the nation's meat supply.
This attack comes after a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline Company forced it to halt operations of its 5,500-mile network of pipes. The shutdown caused people to stock up on gasoline, causing stations across the Southeast to run out of fuel.
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