Super Bock Group is Portugal's largest producer of beer drinks. The company was founded in 1890 and supplies beer products to more than 50 countries around the world.
This week, the company publicly warned everyone about possible supply disruptions as it deals with the consequences of a cyberattack on its technology infrastructure. The company confirmed the fact of the attack in its LinkedIn profile, writing that the actions of hackers led to failures in computer networks and imposed certain restrictions on the operation of equipment.
“The situation is causing severe supply chain restrictions across various marketing channels,” the company said.
Also, representatives of the Super Bock Group said that they had put in place all the necessary security protocols. The company has informed the relevant authorities in Portugal and is currently implementing the action plan drawn up for this type of emergency.
Information about the attackers' entry point, how and when they gained access to the company's internal systems, and how long they were inside - was not mentioned by Super Bock.
The LinkedIn post also says, "Super Bock regrets the potential disruptions that have affected customers and suppliers and thanks partners for their solidarity and support."
Hackers have been keeping an eye on the brewery for some time now. For example, Molson Coors was a high-profile victim of an attack in March 2021. Then hackers significantly hampered the production and shipment of the company's products. Brands affected include Coors Lite, Peroni, Staropramen and Foster's.
Lion Brewery, a brewery better known in Australia and New Zealand, also suffered a ransomware attack in 2020 and was forced to temporarily halt production and stop deliveries as the recovery process began.
Claroty's Simon Chasser said the Super Bock incident demonstrates "the devastating impact these attacks can have on the beverage industry." He also added that criminals are well aware that “damaged supply chains can cost businesses dearly.”