By Gregory Hale
Molson Coors Beverage Company is still reacting to a cyberattack that caused loss of production, company officials said.

Molson Coors which carries the Coors, Miller, Molson Canadian, Blue Moon, Peroni, Killian’s, and Foster’s beer brands, issued the statement about the attack Thursday in its 8K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The company said in its filing: “On March 11, 2021, Molson Coors Beverage Company (the “Company”) announced that it experienced a systems outage that was caused by a cybersecurity incident. The Company has engaged leading forensic information technology firms and legal counsel to assist the Company’s investigation into the incident and the Company is working around the clock to get its systems back up as quickly as possible.

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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. In addition to the other information set forth in this report, one should carefully consider the discussion on the risks and uncertainties that cybersecurity incidents and operational disruptions to key facilities may have on the Company, its business and financial results contained in Part I, ‘Item 1A. Risk Factors’ in its 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on February 11, 2021.”

While more information on the attack remains to be seen, on a whole it seems there is a level of ease for attackers to strike at will whenever they want. Companies within the critical infrastructure realm appear to be getting stronger in protecting their enterprises, but this attack is just another example of why manufacturers of all industry sectors need to remain vigilant and create a program that requires resiliency in the face of an attack.

Molson-Coors has not officially said what kind of cyberattack they suffered, or how many brands ended up affected in the incident.

It is also unknown if the attack is localized to the Molson Coors corporate network or if it has spread to the networks of their brands.

Cyberattacks have started to ramp up with ransomware leading the way.

A multinational information technology company that provides IT and telecommunication services to the air transport industry, SITA, confirmed last week it was the victim of a cyberattack, leading to a data security incident involving passenger data stored on SITA Passenger Service System (US) Inc. servers.

Distributor and wholesaler of Asian food products, JFC International, at the end of last month said the company fell victim to a ransomware attack that disrupted some IT systems.

In addition, global aircraft producer, Bombardier, reported last month it fell victim to a cybersecurity breach where an attacker accessed and extracted data by exploiting a vulnerability affecting a third-party file-transfer application.

Upon learning of the attack, Montreal, Canada-based Bombardier initiated its response protocol and as a part of its investigation, Bombardier brought in cybersecurity and forensic professionals.

It isn’t like Bombardier didn’t have any security, but attackers were able to exploit a vulnerability and then attack. However, Bombardier was able to limit the scope and extent of the incident. Bombardier did not name the victim application, but this news is coming on the heels of the Accellion FTA issues surfacing this week.

Accellion FTA is a web server that companies can use to host and share large files that can’t be sent via email to customers and employees.

DoppelPaymer gang wants $20 million from Kia Motors America (KMA) for a decryptor or else it will leak data it stole from the California-based subsidiary of the South Korean-based auto giant.

Kia Motors America was hit by an attack nationwide on Saturday through its IT enterprise affecting their mobile UVO Link apps, phone services, payment systems, owner’s portal, and internal sites used by dealerships, according to a report in Bleeping Computer.