THE world's largest meat supplier has been hit by a huge cyberattack, just weeks after a major pipeline was put offline by attackers.

JBS USA said in a statement from Greeley, Colorado, on Monday that it was the target on Sunday of an “organized cybersecurity attack” affecting some of its servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems.

“The company’s backup servers were not affected and it is actively working with an Incident Response firm to restore its systems as soon as possible,” the statement said.

The hack had an immediately impact, with the company halting all of its beef and lamb kills across Australia, according to industry site Beef Central. 

Australian staff learned of the attack when they were turned away from their workplaces on Monday.

JBS exports about 70% of what it produces in Australia.

  • Frances Mulraney

    JBS TOOK 'IMMEDIATE ACTION'

    The meat-processing company said that it took "immediate action" once the attack was discovered in a statement issued on Tuesday.

    "The company took immediate action, suspending all affected systems, notifying authorities and activating the company’s global network of IT professionals and third-party experts to resolve the situation," JBS USA said.

    "The company’s backup servers were not affected, and it is actively working with an Incident Response firm to restore its systems as soon as possible."

  • Frances Mulraney

    JBS 'PARALYZED' BY CYBER ATTACK

    JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, has reportedly been left "paralyzed" by a huge cyber attack over the weekend.

    JBS Australia chief executive officer Brent Eastwood confirmed the attack.

    JBS USA announced that it was the target and that it is affecting servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems.

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