GREELEY, Colorado. – JBS USA, one of the largest meat producers in the world, announced on Wednesday that it is scheduled to resume production at all its facilities on Thursday after a cyberattack.
Sunday’s “organized cybersecurity attack” affects U.S. and Australian information technology systems, according to the company, which is headquartered in Greeley.
In the announcement from JBS USA and Pilgrim’s, the company has made “significant progress in restoring our IT systems and returning to business as usual.”
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Andre Nogueira, CEO of JBS USA, said the company expects to operate at almost full capacity in its global operations on Thursday.
“Today, the vast majority of our facilities have resumed operations as we predicted yesterday, including all of our pork, poultry and prepared food facilities around the world and most of our facilities of beef in the US and Australia, “Nogueira said in the statement.
A spokesman for United 7 Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, which represents many employees at Greeley’s meat packaging plant, said the three shifts will operate on Thursday. Shifts A and B were canceled on Tuesday. Change B was scheduled for a regular production day and Shipping & Hides was operating as normal on Wednesday.
UFCW International President Marc Perrone on Tuesday asked JBS to guarantee its employees that they will pay if shifts continue to be canceled or if plants are closed.
ABC News confirmed with a UFCW union official that all U.S. JBS beef plants were closed Tuesday because of the attack, which included the Greeley plant and others in Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Utah. , Michigan and Pennsylvania. Production reportedly also stopped at the company’s Australian facilities.
The FBI issued a statement about its investigation, attributing the attack to REvil and Sodinokibi. The statement says, in part, that “we continue to focus our efforts on imposing risks and consequences and making responsible cyberactors accountable.”
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The company said there is currently no evidence that customer, vendor or employee data has been compromised with the cyber attack.
JBS has not shared whether they have paid the ransom or whether they have rebuilt their systems from scratch.