The world’s largest meat producer JBS, which fell victim to hackers, knew about the vulnerability of its systems to hackers even a few years before the cyberattack but did not invest in their elimination to save more profit, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing several former employees of the company.
According to their data, in the period from 2017 to 2018, the company’s management ordered a cybersecurity audit, which allowed identifying vulnerabilities in its infrastructure that could potentially become targets of hackers. As a result of the audit, the company was offered to purchase a special monitoring technology that allowed detecting and preventing hacking attempts. However, the management of JBS considered the technology too expensive and did not approve its purchase, according to former employees.
One of them, in particular, said that for the company, cyber defense issues were “secondary”, and the management of JBS focused on reducing costs. His former colleague noted that the company “was so focused on making a profit that it was difficult to achieve any improvements in the field of cybersecurity.”
In turn, the representative of JBS in the United States, Nikki Richardson, who is also quoted by the agency, rejected the reliability of these statements.
“The company has been and remains committed to investing in reliable IT systems to protect against criminal attacks in the field of cybersecurity, “she said, stressing that she considers the information provided by former JBS employees to be” outdated “and”irrelevant to the events of this week.”