USC cybersecurity expert discusses JBS meat processor hack
While larger companies are often more secure, Chintser Huang, who studies network security, said the attackers know where to look.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Investigations into a cyberattack that disrupted production at the world’s largest meat supplier JBS continued Monday evening.
JBS is the second major company in the U.S. to be hacked in less than a month, after the Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45 percent of fuel used on the east coast, was targeted in May.
“If you are asking how often this kind of attack will happen, I can tell you it happens all the time,” Chintser Huang, a Department of Computer Science and Engineering Professor at USC, said.
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While larger companies are often more secure, Huang, who studies network security, said the attackers know where to look.
“Large servers usually are well protected, which means they install sophisticated protection mechanisms,” Huang said. “However, the attacker doesn’t need to attack those larger servers directly.”
It just takes a few vulnerable machines, Huang says, for the hacker to break through, often targeting smaller devices with less protections to launch their attack.
“Those larger servers will now be more vulnerable because the attack doesn’t come from outside, but from inside,” Huang said.
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At this time, JBS hasn’t provided an official cause of the hack, but Huang says there are…