Cyberattack shuts down the world’s largest slaughterhouse

A pig in a crowded truck heading for a slaughterhouse in Canada, photo: Jo-Anne McArthur on Unsplash
A pig in a crowded truck heading for a slaughterhouse in Canada, photo: Jo-Anne McArthur on Unsplash

The world’s largest meat processor, the Brazilian company JBS, was attacked by hackers on Sunday who targeted their North American and Australian computer servers.

“Resolution of the incident will take time, which may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers,” JBS said in an online statement.

Factories in North America, Australia and Canada were most affected. JBS sent thousands of meat workers home.

The JBS slaughterhouse in Australia is one of the largest. Every day, thousands of cows, sheep, and pigs are killed, and their meat is exported to more than fifty countries.

The factory in Canada is also a big slaughterhouse where daily, around 4,200 animals are killed.

The attack comes shortly after a cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline, one of the United States’ largest fuel pipelines.

Last year, JBS was dropped by an investment fund over the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

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