Damm, Spain’s second-largest beer seller, suffered a major cyber attack targeting one of its IT systems last week that forced it to halt operations at all of its breweries.
A spokesperson from Damm, the second-largest beer maker in Spain, revealed earlier this month that the company faced a “highly complex” cyber attack that halted production at all of Damm’s breweries. Olga Vidal, Damm’s head of communications, told Reuters on Friday that cyber criminals attacked the brewery on Tuesday night and for a few hours the plant in El Prat de Llobregat, which produces 7 million hectoliters of beer a year, was “entirely paralyzed”.
“IT services made possible a partial resumption of production and we expect to operate at 100% in the coming hours,” she added. Vidal did not confirm whether any ransom was demanded from the company or if at all it had to pay anything to the cyber criminals in order to restore operations. She also did not confirm if the police were made aware of the attack or the law enforcement has been involved or not.
The main brewery of Damm, located in El Prat de Llobregat near Barcelona, has slowly resumed its production and packaging since Friday. Olga added that “IT services made possible a partial resumption of production and we expect to operate at 100% in the coming hours.”
A spokesperson from Damm also confirmed that the attack did not impact beer deliveries made by the brewery in the week the incident took place. The company had sufficient stock in place to handle deliveries to bars, supermarkets, and restaurants.
Founded in 1876, Damm is a well-known beer-maker in Spain. Its most popular beer product is Estrella Damm, which was formerly known as Estrella Dorada and is the company’s oldest product dating back to 1876. Other popular beer products owned by the company include Voll-Damm, Xibeca, and Estrella Levante. Damm earned a total revenue of 1.3 billion euros in 2019.
This isn’t the first time that a popular brewery has been targeted by cybercriminals. In June last year, a major cyber attack forced Australia’s largest brewer Lion to shut its IT systems, resulting in a disruption to the supplies of beer to suppliers and customers. The company brews popular beer brands such as Corona, Budweiser, Guinness, and Becks as well as local brands such as XXXX GOLD, Tooheys, Speights, Steinlager, Lion Red, and Brown.