Meat Supplies Tighten as Cyberattack on JBS Snarls Food Chain

Slaughterhouse outages are latest blow to industry facing higher costs, labor shortages

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A ransomware attack against JBS SA sent shock waves throughout the U.S. food industry and exacerbated tension between Washington and Moscow, even as the meatpacker restarted plant operations.

JBS said most of its plants resumed operations Wednesday, though some shifts and processing operations remained suspended, according to individual plants’ social-media posts.

香蕉视频苹果下载“We anticipate operating at close to full capacity across our global operations tomorrow,” said Andre Nogueira, chief executive of JBS’s U.S. operations.

The White House, which said that JBS reported that the attack originated from a criminal group likely based in Russia, said President Biden plans to bring up the problem of ransomware during a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16.

Asked at the White House on Wednesday whether he would retaliate against Russia over the cyberattack, Mr. Biden said: “We’re looking closely at that issue.” Russian officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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