The attack happened on Tuesday night, and the plant in El Prat de Llobregat was “completely paralyzed” for a few hours.
As per a spokesperson, Damm, Spain’s second-largest beer company, has halted production at its major brewery near Barcelona following a cyberattack earlier this week.
The brewery was attacked on Tuesday night. According to Olga Vidal, the El Prat de Llobregat factory, which makes 7 million hectares of beer per year, was “entirely deadened” for a few hours. Damm’s head of communications, who spoke to Reuters on Friday.
“IT services made possible a partial resumption of production, and we expect to operate at 100 percent in the coming hours,” she said.
She would not say whether the company demanded a ransom or whether the maker of Estrella Damm lager had paid anything to the hackers who carried out the attack. In addition, she refused to confirm whether the company had notified police, and local cops declined to comment.
Damm, in addition to its iconic Estrella Damm, bottles several other beer brands and has honored all deliveries to clubs, restaurants, and supermarkets due to existing stocks, according to Vidal.
Several high-profile cyberattacks in the last year, including the Colonial Pipeline hack, which resulted in panic fuel purchases across the eastern United States in May, have jolted governments and businesses into rethinking their security policies.
According to a European Union report published in October, the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of home working have created opportunities for cyber-criminals to thrive, resulting in a proliferation of so-called hackers for hire.