JBS, the second-largest meat processing facility in the U.S., was forced to shut down many of its plants after a ransomware attack. Even though the disruption didn’t last long, Jonathan Hladik, policy director for the Center for Rural Affairs, says any disruption can cause issues throughout the supply chain.
Micheal Schmitt, co-owner of Torrington Livestock in Torrington, Wyoming, says that, in addition to the pandemic and supply issues, the cyberattack is a wake-up call to dissolve the beef processing monopolies.
Hladik agrees. He added that, while this attack was only a temporary disruption, future attacks could have more severe consequences.
In a statement last Wednesday, the FBI attributed the attack to Russian-speaking gang REvil.