The Damm brewery has suffered a cyberattack that has paralyzed all its production lines, which include three factories that produce 23 brands of beer and four of water. The company confirms to elDiario.es that the offensive against its systems took place in the early hours of Tuesday to Wednesday, at which time its computer team detected that it was a “highly complex incident” and asked the workers not to They will connect to the company network to avoid contagion.
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At this time, Damm technicians are still evaluating the scope of the cyber attack. Its main factory, located in El Prat, is completely stopped and the company cannot anticipate when it will be able to return to activity. In this facility, brands such as Estrella Damm, Voll-Damm, Malquerida or their alcohol-free variants are produced and packaged. In the same situation are its plants in Malaga, where Victoria beer is produced; and Murcia, responsible for Estrella Levante and its sub-brands.
The company assures this medium that Damm has a “very important” stock, so this Wednesday and Thursday “it has been distributed almost normally” both to food stores and large stores as well as to the hospitality sector. However, the seriousness of the cyberattack and the period of paralysis of the production lines could complicate the situation in the coming days.
Some sources in the cybersecurity sector point out that the company has been the victim of a ransomware, a type of attack that encrypts the victim’s computer files and paralyzes their activity, after which cybercriminals demand a ransom in exchange for the password to recover them. Damm states that it cannot confirm that this was the method to bring down its systems or if a ransom was requested.
Attacks of ransomware are the cybersecurity threats that most concern companies. These types of offensives are on the rise and some studies, such as the Report on the Global Status of Ransomware 2021 prepared by Fortinet, have detected an annual increase of up to 1,070% worldwide. Two out of three organizations have suffered ransomware attacks, the same report picks up.
This same week another computer incident, also attributed to a system hijacking attack, paralyzed MediaMarkt’s payment systems. In that case the company recovered them in a few hours. In April the ransomware brought down Phone House, which also suffered a major data leak, as the bank details of its Spanish customers were exposed online by cybercriminals after the company’s refusal to pay.
Public institutions are not spared from the plague either. At the Autonomous University of Barcelona they have no email, no virtual campus and no date to retrieve them after another kidnapping. The Ministry of Labor and SEPE have suffered significant infections that forced officials to revert to manual work methods for weeks.
The situation forced the Government to approve a “shock plan” with “emergency measures” in the face of the avalanche of hacks. Among them was the creation of a new Response Center for these incidents and an update of the National Security Scheme. However, experts agree that the weakest link in cybersecurity is still the human part, the users, who often become the infection vectors for the entire network.