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· Meat giant JBS’ cyber woes lay bare a dangerous reality
JBS Foods attack shows how hackers target supply chains
A recent cyberattack on JBS Foods’ Australian and US operations demonstrates how cybercriminals are hacking into supply chains.
Sam Steers, SupplyChain
Jun 2, 2021
Recently, JBS Foods, one of the world’s largest producers of meat, suffered a cyberattack, which is now shedding light on how cybercriminals are gaining access to supply chains as well as highlighting the need for solutions, prevention strategies, and cyber awareness in the supply chain industry.
The attack, which happened last weekend, affected the meat producer’s U.S. and Australian supply chain operations with JBS confirming in a statement that it is working alongside an incident response firm to restore its affected systems as soon as possible. The attack highlights the vulnerability and fragility of supply chains, two qualities that make attacks and threats on them highly attractive to cybercriminals.
Amit Yoran, Chief Executive Officer of Tenable and Founding Director US-CERT for DHS, said: “This is the most recent incident in a disturbing trend of cyberattacks that show just how fragile and vulnerable our supply chains and critical infrastructure are. The Colonial Pipeline attack shut down systems that supply 45% of the Eastern United States’ fuel, and the JBS hack has resulted in the shutdown of some of the largest meat processing plants in the world.
He adds that the long-term effects of this attack could be severe if JBS is not able to reboot its systems soon. “These attacks have very tangible impacts that affect large swaths of the population, and it’s possible that we’ll see disruption across the global supply chain if JBS’s systems stay offline for more than a few days”, said Yoran.
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Meat giant JBS’ cyber woes lay bare a dangerous reality
Adele Ferguson, Brisbane Times (AU)
June 5, 2021
A cyberattack by a criminal network that brought the world’s biggest meat processing company to its knees has put the spotlight on food supply chain issues and how we got here.
The meat processing giant at the centre of this week’s cyber attack, JBS, forced the shutdown of 47 locations in Australia, as well as sites in the US and Canada, as it attempted to grapple with the ransomware attack on its systems.
By June 3 the company issued a press release from the US saying it was all over. “The company’s swift response, robust IT systems and encrypted backup servers allowed for a rapid recovery. As a result, [we] were able to limit the loss of food produced during the attack to less than one days’ worth of production.”
That may be so, but the sad reality is companies operating in the food supply chain are high value targets. It means, the bigger the company; the bigger the target on its back.
And while it is a timely reminder that physical and digital security needs to be world class to defend against the rising number of cyber criminals, nothing is fail-safe.
In the US, the havoc wreaked on JBS as it struggled to deal with the ransomware, prompted a number of politicians to resurface growing concerns about the consolidation of the meat industry in the past decade or so...
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