JBS meat plants reopening in US after ransomware attack

From CNET: JBS USA, one of the largest meat producers in the country, is working to resume operations after a ransomware attack hit the company's servers in the US and Australia. JBS said it is making progress resolving the cyberattack and expects the "vast majority" of its beef, pork, poultry and prepared food plants to be open Wednesday.

"Our systems are coming back online and we are not sparing any resources to fight this threat," said Andre Nogueira, JBS USA's chief executive officer, in a statement Tuesday. "We have cybersecurity plans in place to address these types of issues and we are successfully executing those plans."

JBS on Sunday informed US officials that it was the victim of a ransomware attack likely from a criminal group based in Russia, said Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday. The FBI is investigating the incident, and the White House is engaging with the Russian government on the matter, Jean-Pierre said.

The attack comes just weeks after hackers targeted the Colonial Pipeline, one of the largest gas pipelines in the US, with a ransomware hack. The attack highlighted the vulnerability of the country's critical infrastructure, which has been the target of an increasing number of cyberattacks. Cities, schools and hospitals have all been hit by cybercriminals who scramble a victim's computers and then extort a payment to decrypt them.

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