The US Federal Bureau of Investigation said a hacking group linked to Russia is behind targeting the world’s largest meat company.
The FBI confirmed that it will work to bring the group known as “Revell” to justice for the electronic hacking that targeted the “GPS” company.
The cyber attack temporarily halted some of the company’s operations in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Revell is notorious for carrying out ransomware cyber attacks, and is one of the most profitable gangs in the world in this way.
“We have attributed the GPS attack to Revell and are working hard to bring the threat actors to justice,” the FBI statement said.
“We continue to focus our efforts on assessing risks and consequences, and holding those responsible to account,” he added.
The White House announced on Wednesday that US President Joe Biden will raise the issue of cyber attacks when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin within two weeks.
“Countries with responsibility do not harbor ransomware criminals,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
GPS said it had successfully resumed meatpacking operations on Thursday in the United States, where the five largest beef plants are located.
The company did not disclose whether or not it paid the hackers a ransom.
Ransomware attacks are one of the most common forms of cyber-attacks, and involve hacking and taking control of a computer network, encrypting files or preventing users from accessing their systems until a ransom is paid.
GPS is a multinational company, the world’s largest meat supplier, with 150 factories in 15 countries.
The company was founded in Brazil in 1953 and now has more than 150,000 employees worldwide.
GPS processes roughly a quarter of US beef and a fifth of pork.
And in 2019, the Revell group was linked to a coordinated attack on nearly two dozen local government departments in the US state of Texas.
Last month, fuel deliveries in the southeastern United States were disrupted for several days after a cyber attack on the Colonial pipeline.
Investigators say the pipeline attack is linked to another group known as “Dark Psychic”, which also has links to Russia.
Colonial confirmed that it had paid a $4.4 million ransom to its attackers.
The US government has in the past recommended that companies not pay ransomware to hackers, as this would encourage them to carry out more attacks.