Beer-Brewer Molson Coors Reports On-Going Cyber Incident

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Multiple Systems Impacted, Including Production and Shipping Capabilities

Beer-Brewer Molson Coors Reports On-Going Cyber Incident

The Molson Coors Beverage Company reported Thursday it is in the process of countering a cybersecurity incident that has caused system outages throughout the brewer’s manufacturing process.

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“Although the company is actively managing this cybersecurity incident, it has caused and may continue to cause a delay or disruption to parts of the company’s business, including its brewery operations, production, and shipments,” Molson Coors says in a Form 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In the filing, the company says it has engaged leading forensic information technology firms and legal counsel to assist in the investigation. The company’s IT and security teams are working around the clock to get the systems back up as quickly as possible, the company says.

Molson Coors operates eight breweries throughout the U.S. It has not stated which facilities are being impacted by the cyber incident, exactly what type of attack is taking place nor when it expects operations to return to normal .

Information Security Media Group has reached out to the company for additional information.

Edgard Capdevielle, CEO of Nozomi Networks, notes that companies have to be prepared to respond to all types of cyber incidents.

“While the company hasn’t released details, this scenario could be ransomware, and this type of situation should be factored into an organization’s incident response and business continuity plans. Beyond a technical response, decision-makers need to be prepared to weigh the risks and consequences of alternative actions,” he says.

Molson Coors manufactures more than 100 brands of beer, hard seltzer and non-alcoholic beverages, including Coors Light, Miller, Blue Moon and Molson Canadian.

Corporations Under Attack

Cyber threat actors have targeted alcoholic beverage makers before with ReVil being credited with hitting Australian brewer Lion in June 2020 with ransomware, and Ragnar Locker launching a ransomware attack on
Campari in November 2020.

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