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Suspected Russian Cyberattack Wipes Out One-Fifth Of U.S. Beef Production Capacity: Report

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A cyber attack of the world’s largest meat processing company, JBS, that the White House said Tuesday likely originated from Russia has wiped out one-fifth of the U.S.’s beef production capacity, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

KEY FACTS

  • Bloomberg, based on information from labor unions and employees, calculated five of JBS’s biggest beef plants in the U.S. halted processing after the weekend ransomware attack.
  • The crippling of these plants—which altogether handle over 22,000 cattle a day—means the U.S. has lost about one-fifth of its beef production capacity, the news outlet tallied, as JBS accounts for roughly a quarter of the country’s beef processing.
  • Though the full impact of the attack globally is still being tallied, slaughter operations in Australia were also shut down on Monday and one of Canada’s largest beef plants has also been shuttered since the start of this week.
  • This comes as White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said at a Tuesday press conference that JBS received a ransom demand from a “criminal organization likely based in Russia.”
  • Jean-Pierre didn’t detail the ransom demand, but said the U.S. has been in contact with Russia’s government about the attack.
  • The White House has also “offered assistance to JBS” and the Department of Agriculture officials have spoken “several times in the last day” with the company’s leadership, Jean-Pierre said, while the FBI has launched its own inquiry into the incident.
  • The attack serves as another complicating development to a Biden-Putin summit later this month.

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