MELBOURNE, May 31 (Reuters) – Australia’s largest meat factory, a unit of the Brazilian company JBS SA JBSS3.SA, was hit over the weekend by a major cyberattack on its information systems, an industry news website reported, citing the company’s Australian chief executive.
The attack ended operations across Australia, JBS Australia chief executive Brent Eastwood told Beefcentral on Sunday. He was not able to say how long the shutdown would last, according to the news site.
It was not clear, according to the report, whether the operations of the world’s largest meat processor in other countries like Canada and the United States would also be affected. Monday marks the public holiday of the United States.
JBS Australia said it was unable to speculate on a resumption of processing operations in the country and that its first priority was to assess the impact and extent of the attack, according to the report.
However, processing operations would be impossible without normal access to computer systems and the Internet, he said. JBS’s Primo Smallgoods business in Queensland state was also affected, according to the report.
JBS did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.
(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)
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