Another ransomware attack, this time on JBS the mega-meat processor.
According to the article, JBS controls about a quarter of the U.S. beef market and has plants all over the country….
The Usurper Joe Biden’s occupational government is mostly concerned with blaming this on “Russian hackers” again, because trying to play geopolitical games is more important than recognizing that we have a very serious problem with our IT security.
Beef has a very long production cycle. A calf born today isn’t ready for market for many months and a new calf takes almost a year to be born. In other words you can’t flip a switch and get more slaughter ready fat cattle. Plus you can only slaughter so many cattle at a time, the logistics are pretty complex.
Reports are coming out that JBS plans to be reopening their plants today, which would indicate that they paid off the hackers quickly to get production going again.
Oh and did I mention that this massive meat company is a Brazilian outfit? It is a shrewd move to have your food processing companies owned by foreign conglomerates.
I am feeling pretty good that we have a bunch of beef in our freezers but this, along with Colonial pipeline and who knows how many other incidents we didn’t hear about, are signs of how unstable our interconnected global economy really is and how easy it is to disrupt it. Imagine a hack of something more significant like the power grid, or nuclear power plants or government computers. Heck, what about the dot mil systems? They don’t control anything important like nuclear weapons or anything.
Food is one of those gotta have items and the illusion of stability you get from grocery stores stuffed with cheap, always available food is rapidly shattering.