News and Updates on Information Technology

Australia – Lion Beer Australia

Exploit: Ransomware
Lion Beer Australia: Brewing Conglomerate

Risk to Small Business: 1.302 = Extreme

At Lion Brewing Australia, operations were disrupted by a ransomware attack as it began to reopen and restaff its 8 breweries in Australia and New Zealand. The attack came just as the company was able to resume operations after a period of closure caused by COVID-19 restrictions. The company has been forced to shut down its key systems entirely, reverting to manual systems to operate and process orders in this devastating incident that has still not been fully resolved. 

Individual Risk: No employee or customer information was reported affected by this incident.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: A successful ransomware attack can be catastrophic for a business at any time, and its typically powered by information obtained from the Dark Web. Ransomware is especially problematic right now, and a nasty surprise as businesses try to start recovering lost revenue in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.