A cyberattack on JBS SA, the largest meat producer globally, forced the shutdown of all its U.S. beef plants, wiping out output from facilities that supply almost a quarter of American supplies.
All of the company’s fed-beef and regional beef plants were forced to shutter, and all other JBS meatpacking facilities in the country experienced some level of disruption to operations, according to an official with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
Slaughter operations across Australia were also down, according to a trade group, and one of Canada’s largest beef plants was idled. That comes after a weekend attack on the Brazilian company’s computer networks, according to JBS posts on Facebook, labor unions and employees.
Hackers now have the commodities industry in their crosshairs with the JBS attack coming just three weeks after Colonial Pipeline Co., operator of the biggest U.S. gasoline pipeline, was targeted in a ransomware attack. It also happened as the global meat industry battles lingering Covid-19 absenteeism after recovering from outbreaks last year that saw plants shut and supplies disrupted.
Why did this happen?
It is insanely profitable to be able to ransom huge sectors of the economy when our government doesn’t seem to give a shit.
Well, I give a shit. Here is my idea.
I need to start a company, sort of like a cross between Executive Outcomes and a cybersecurity consultant.
Here is my business model:
Company A gets hacked with ransomware.
Company A calls us.
Our crack team of cybersecurity professionals finds out who the hackers are and where they are located.
Our crack team of pipe hitters goes to where the hackers are and engage in “counter-hacking meatspace wetwork.”
I suspect that there are a lot of very good cybersecurity and counter-hacking experts at the CIA/DIA/DOD/etc, that are not woke and might be looking for high-paying work in the private sector. Same for pipe hitters.
I think South Africa would be a good place to set up shop for such an operation.