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Top meat supplier is the latest victim of a cyberattack

Major meat supplier JBS USA was the latest victim of an organized cybersecurity attack, with servers in North American and Australian affected, the company said Sunday.

Why it matters: JBS USA is the largest producer of beef in the country, The Hill notes, and also is a major supplier of poultry and pork. The disclosure of the attack comes as cyber threats have picked up over the last year.

Driving the news: Last month, Colonial Pipeline was taken offline by its operator because of a cyberattack.

  • In March, a cyber-espionage unit backed by the Chinese government resulted in 30,000 U.S. victims, including many small businesses and local governments.
  • Earlier this year, the U.S. intelligence community assessed that Russia was responsible for the major SolarWinds attack. Nine federal agencies and more than 100 private sector groups were compromised in the attack, per the Hill.
  • Microsoft disclosed last Thursday that the same Russian hackers behind the SolarWinds breach had launched a new wave of cyberattacks.

What they’re saying: “The company is not aware of any evidence at this time that any customer, supplier or employee data has been compromised or misused as a result of the situation,” JBS USA said in a statement to the press.

  • “Resolution of the incident will take time, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.”

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