BRAZIL - Cyber Attack: The New Warfare

Arno Froese

A cyberattack on JBS SA, the largest meat producer globally, forced the shutdown of some of world’s largest slaughterhouses, and there are signs that closures are spreading.

JBS’s five biggest beef plants in the U.S.—which altogether handle 22,500 cattle a day—halted processing following a weekend attack on the Brazilian company’s computer networks, according to JBS posts on Facebook, labor unions and employees. Those outages wiped out nearly a fifth of America’s production. Slaughter operations across Australia were also down, according to a trade group, and one of Canada’s largest beef plants was idled.

It’s unclear exactly how many plants globally have been affected by the ransomware attack as Sao Paulo-based JBS has yet to release those details. The prospect of more extensive shutdowns worldwide is already upending agricultural markets and raising concerns about food security as hackers increasingly target critical infrastructure. Livestock futures slumped while pork prices rose.

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.

There have been more than 40 publicly reported ransomware attacks against food companies since May 2020, said Allan Liska, senior security architect at cybersecurity analytics firm Recorded Future., 1 June 2021

Arno's Commentary

Something new is in the works. It’s no longer one nation against another, one propaganda system against another, which has led to horrible destruction, suffering, and the cost of lives by the millions. The new warfare is virtually invisible. It comes unexpectedly; it totally ignores national boundaries, geographic locations, cultures, and languages. It is becoming the new, number one world enemy. 

According to Google, JBS USA Holdings is an American food processing company and a wholly owned subsidiary of JBS S.A., a Brazilian company, the world’s largest processor of fresh beef and pork. 

While we realize that news media reports are mostly exaggerated and fueled by a sensation-hungry public, there is no denying that global corporations have paid millions upon millions in order to restart their operations. 

It also shows that the industrial aspect—the animals on the way to the slaughterhouse, the machinery, the operators—is of less importance than the computer. Without information dispensed by computer technology, production stands still.

There is little doubt in our minds that computer engineers and scientists will build stronger walls of protection to avoid being hacked in the future. But there is always the chance of the exception; nothing, absolutely nothing, is 100% sure.

Just image a cyber-attack that would successfully disable the functionality of a nation’s electrical grid. That would be catastrophic; virtually every business would close. Without electricity, banks, grocery stores, fuel supply systems, etc. would cease operation.

Where is this all leading? One word: globalization. In order to effectively fight these criminals, the world of nations must work together more closely than ever before. And that’s just another step to come to solidify globalism politically, economically and, ultimately, religiously. That is yet to come.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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