The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Lion breweries back up and running

Lion has announced that it is continuing to make progress in restoring their systems following a cyber-attack on June 9.

All nine of the liquor giant’s major breweries in Australia and New Zealand are now back up and running and are brewing, kegging, packaging and distributing beer.

A Lion spokesperson says the company is working hard to get all of the customer ordering platforms operational as soon as possible.

“Despite this progress, we do still expect to see some further disruptions as we continue to restore systems. We will continue to work with our team of experts to complete this work as quickly as possible, minimising any further disruptions, including to supply.

“The timing of this attack – just as the hospitality industry is trying to get back on its feet post COVID-19 closures – could not have been more challenging for Lion and our industry partners. 

“As we progress our recovery efforts, it is our number one priority to get back to our usual high standards of service levels before this cyber-attack, and support our many valued business partners in what we hope will be a better second half of 2020.”

The brewer says that to date, it does not have evidence of any data being removed as a result of the attack. 

“As we indicated last week, it remains a real possibility that data held on our systems may be disclosed in the future. Unfortunately, this is consistent with these types of ransomware attacks.   

“Our expert teams are continuing to do all they can to investigate this further and as previously stated, if we do identify any cases of data being taken or misused, Lion will contact the affected individuals directly.

“Our dedicated cyber help line remains open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and we encourage any Lion stakeholders that may have questions or concerns to use this service.”

Those helpline numbers are New Zealand (0800) 623 367; Australia (1800) 316 512; and International (0061) 3 8597 7266.

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