Spanish Brewery “Paralyzed” by Cyber-Attack
Sociedad Anónima Damm, which has been making the world-renowned Estrella Damm lager since 1876, was targeted by cyber-criminals on Tuesday.
The attack on the company’s computer systems temporarily halted production at all of Damm’s breweries. However, the main brewery in El Prat de Llobregat, which is located near the capital city of Barcelona, was slowest to recover.
Approximately 500 employees work at the El Prat de Llobregat plant, which typically produces 7 million hectolitres of beer a year. Damm’s head of communications, Olga Vidal, told Reuters on Friday that the digital assault had “entirely paralyzed” the plant for a two-hour period.
Damm reportedly relies on computer-driven technology to complete its bottling processes.
She said: “IT services made possible a partial resumption of production and we expect to operate at 100% in the coming hours.”
Fortunately, the attack had no impact on beer deliveries made by the brewery this week. Vidal said Damm’s existing stocks were sufficient to honor all its deliveries to bars, supermarkets, and restaurants.
Damm also brews beer in smaller quantities at two other plants in Spain, one of which is in