A major cyberattack resulted in the shutdown of Australia’s largest deli business, as well as its facilities in the United States and Canada.

A major cyberattack led to the shutdown of Australia’s largest meat manufacturing company, JBS Foods, as well as the company’s facilities in the United States and Canada.

JBS Foods information systems have been targeted, with company chief executive Brent Eastwood confirming the news to Beef Central.

The cyberattack would mean thousands of people would be left without pay, Australian Meat Industry Employees Union secretary Matt Journeaux said.

“The meat in the sandwich is that this is a concerted effort against Australian businesses and workers will suffer,” Journeaux told ABC Radio Brisbane.

“There are six locations in Queensland that will be affected… and across the country there are said to be many more.

“In most processing facilities, workers are hired by the day and, unfortunately, if they don’t work, they don’t get paid.

Across Australia, the company has 47 sites, operating the largest network of production facilities and feedlots in the country.

The Australian government has since been made aware of the attack, Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said. He confirmed he was working to bring JBS meatworks back online nationwide.

“If this situation is not corrected within a few weeks, it will certainly have flow effects,” Journeaux said.

“There could be a protein deficiency in the world because of this.”

He went on to explain that each step of the treatment was interrupted.

“Cattle come into the systems to be processed,” he said. “When these cups are in a box, the computers print tickets with barcodes for those cups, and I think all of these systems have been affected by that.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-31 20:52:38


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