White House partners with Russia to investigate cyberattack on US beef plants
9 meat plants were shut down due to server hacking. A White House source told The Hill that Russian and American intelligence agencies have teamed up to find hackers believed to be based in Russia.
"The White House has offered assistance to JBS and our team at the Department of Agriculture have spoken to their leadership several times in the last day," said White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. "JBS notified the administration that the ransom demand came from a criminal organization likely based in Russia," she said, adding the FBI is working with JBS.
"The White House is engaging directly with the Russian government on this matter and delivering the message that responsible states do not harbor ransomware criminals."
Beef and pork supplier JBS, with more than 25,000 employees, has temporarily halted operations, which could negatively impact food supplies in Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wisconsin, Utah, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
According to official information, JBS covers 25 percent of the US meat market and such a collapse could lead to a shortage of meat and a rise in prices, as happened with gasoline. Due to the cyber attack on the Colonial Pipeline in Texas, gas prices have skyrocketed to $ 6 a gallon.
"As the union for JBS meatpacking workers across the country, UFCW is pleased JBS is working around the clock to resolve this, and UFCW is urging JBS to ensure that all of its meatpacking workers receive their contractually guaranteed pay as these plant shutdowns continue," UFCW International President Marc Perrone said in a statement.
The hack was reportedly identified on May 30th. The main targets of the hackers were servers serving the American and Australian sectors.