Super Bock suffers ‘cyber’ nasty

Supply restrictions as a result

Super Bock factory

In what is some of the worst news I have ever had to report, Super Bock says a ‘cyber’ nasty is ‘disrupting computer services’, and Portugal’s biggest exporter of beer warns of constraints in the supply chain as a result!

Various sources report that Super Bock Group, Portugal’s largest beverage business, is warning of potential interruption to supplies as it manages the fallout from cyber crooks attacking its tech infrastructure.

The corporation confirmed via LinkedIn it was the “target of a cyberattack that is causing disruption” to “computer services, with constraint on regular operation, particularly at the service level.”

“The situation causes major restrictions in its supply chain operation to the market of some of its products in the different marketing channels,” it added in a Portuguese post translated into English.

The usual and “necessary safety protocols” were enacted by the company, and it is now following a contingency plan to “resupply the market.”

The entry point of the criminal, how and when they accessed the system or systems, or how long they were on the inside, was not mentioned by Super Bock, neither was the malware involved or if there is an ongoing dialogue with perpetrator/s. The company – part-owned by Carlsberg Group – has been asked to comment.

The LinkedIn post concluded: “Super Bock regrets the possible disruption caused to all its customers and suppliers, and thanks the partners for the expressions of solidarity and support to date.”

Publico reports that the company notes that the authorities have already been informed of the situation. A contingency plan was also put in place with a view to restoring normal supply conditions. “The [current] situation causes major restrictions in the operation of supplying the market”, warns the statement. “The Super Bock Group regrets the possible inconvenience caused to all its customers and suppliers”, concludes the group.

The situation comes at a time when cyber-attacks are on the rise worldwide. The focus has shifted from just stealing data and making money to including disrupting business and critical services. In Portugal, 37% of organizations admit that they are not prepared for these attacks – this figure (above the European average of 24%) appears in the most recent report by the cybersecurity company Armis on the State of Ciberwar .

The attack on the Super Bock group comes days after the Directorate-General for Health confirmed the occurrence of a cyberattack that prevented access to data and services on its website.

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