My statement on the news of yet another hack job – this time on meat supply.
Like the cyberattack on a petroleum pipeline last month, the cyberattack on JBS, one of the world’s largest meat processors, and its temporary shutdown of operations illustrates the vulnerability of our global meat supply to these types of terrorism. This highlights why having more local meat processing capacity is crucial for our local needs, giving our beef producers more options at the same time. In the meanwhile I call on our federal law enforcement agencies and the military, if necessary, to track, disable and shut down these cyberattackers. Giving in to their “ransomware” demands only emboldens them. The time has come to hack the hackers!