Lion suffers cyber attack interrupting operations 

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Australian drinks giant responsible for Dairy Farmers & Pura milk brands and 4-X Bold beer suffered a major cyber attack this week.

Lion, (previously known as Lion Nathan) lost remote access for staff because of an attack  that knocked out its internal IT systems company-wide, disrupted manufacturing operations and processing of customer orders.

The company shut down its IT systems following what is being reported as a cyber attack that came via its customer portal. As a precautionary measure, systems were shut down resulting in disruption to some systems and the temporary inability to process customer orders via the portal.

While there was no evidence of any data breaches as a result of the attack, Lion reported their first priority was protecting customers, supplier, and staff personal information. There was some continuing disruption to processing customer orders while IT experts endeavoured to safely restore everything online.

As a result of the attack, the company’s beer business stopped manufacturing operations but was confident in stock levels as a result of brewing efforts to supply pubs and restaurants as they re-open in the aftermath of COVID-19. Dairy and juice businesses were also affected but were able to produce a limited supply of perishables.

The Foreign Investment Review Board is currently assessing a $600 million takeover bid by Chinese dairy giant Mengniu which is part-owned by the state-owned food processor COFCO. While the offer was approved in February by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, final approval for the sale rests with Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

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