Australia’s largest meat factory has been closed after a massive cyber-attack, leaving thousands of workers without wages and causing meat prices to rise
- Cyber criminals shut down Australia’s largest meat processing companybedrijf
- JBS Foods has left workers without pay after an attack that also hit other countries
- Meat factory shutdown could push meat prices up for Australian consumers
Australian authorities are part of an international hunt for cybercriminals that have shut down the country’s largest meat and food processing company, JBS Foods.
JBS facilities in other countries have also been hit by a cyberattack that could affect meat supply chains around the world.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the federal government is doing everything it can to get Australia’s slaughterhouses back up and running and mitigate the effects on domestic supply and export markets.
Australian authorities are part of an international hunt for cybercriminals that have shut down the country’s largest meat and food processing company, JBS Foods (pictured)
The company has 47 facilities across Australia, including slaughterhouses and feed lots.
Mr Littleproud said it was too early to say who is behind the attack that shuts down computer systems, including those engaged in quality control.
“The technology they use goes to the heart of the quality assurance of the beef they process,” he told ABC Radio.
We need to make sure we get that done and give confidence not only to consumers in Australia, but also to our export markets.
“They are clearly working with law enforcement agencies here in Australia and we are working with other countries to get to the bottom of this.
“Because it’s a global attack, it’s important not to speculate yet that it’s coming from a particular place.”
He couldn’t say whether it was a denial-of-service attack or a ransomware attack, but warned that if not resolved quickly, the economic impact could be very serious.
“It depends on how long this goes on and how long JBS is offline because it’s a supply chain that starts from the farm, through to field feeding, to truck drivers,” he said.
Due to the closure of the large meat factory, meat prices may rise because there is less supply (Stock)
The Australian Meat Industry Employees Union said thousands of workers could not do their jobs on Monday and would be without pay until the problem was rectified.
“The meat in the sandwich is that this is a concerted effort against Australian business and workers will suffer as a result,” said Matt Journeaux, the Australian secretary of the Australian Meat Industry Union of Queensland.
“There are six locations in Queensland that will be affected…and there would be significantly more across the country.
“In most processing facilities, the workers have a daily rental arrangement and if they don’t work, unfortunately they don’t get paid.”
The Australian Meat Industry Employees Union said thousands of workers could not do their jobs on Monday and would be without pay until the problem was solved (stock)