Meat company JBS suspects the origin of the hacker attack in Russia

The world’s largest meat company, JBS, sees itself being blackmailed by criminal gangs based in Russia. Information systems at North American and Australian locations have become the target of a cyber attack.

The meat company JBS is based in Brazil.

Dhe meat producer JBS, who was hit by a hacker attack, suspects those responsible for the attack in Russia, according to the USA. JBS has informed the Washington government that a ransom demand has been received from a criminal organization based in Russia, said US presidential spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday. “The White House is in direct contact with the Russian government on this matter.”

It has been made clear to Moscow that responsible states offer no shelter to software extortionists. The FBI is investigating. The Ministry of Agriculture has offered JBS help and is in contact with management.

The world’s largest meat company based in Brazil had previously announced that information systems at North American and Australian locations had been the target of a cyber attack over the weekend. The attack paralyzed JBS production in Australia and affected Canada and the United States. The slaughterhouse had to be closed in JBS factories in several US states.

Blackmail attempts are increasing

In the USA, the state and business are currently fighting against a wave of attacks with such blackmail software – called “ransomware”. The data of the attacked systems are encrypted. The hackers demand cash payments in cryptocurrency so that they can unlock access again and not publish the data. Most recently, the pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline had granted the payment of 4.4 million dollars to a group of hackers whose attack had affected the gasoline supply on the east coast.

According to analysts, the production downtime at the major JBS has already reduced the number of cattle and pigs slaughtered in the US noticeably. If operations are not restarted soon, meat prices in the US could rise and the booming export business to China could be affected, the experts said.