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Drinks giant Lion hit by cyber attack as hackers target corporate Australia

Contacted byThe Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Tuesday, Lion confirmed it had been hit by a cyber attack that had forced it to shut down its IT systems. “Lion has experienced a cyber incident and has taken the precaution of shutting down our IT systems, causing some disruption to our suppliers and customers,” the company said via a public relations firm.

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“We are working with expert advisors to address the issue. We have alerted the authorities and are working hard to minimise disruption to customers and suppliers. We will provide further updates when we can, and we thank our customers and suppliers for their patience.”

The company said its beer business had ceased manufacturing as a result of the attack, but said it had enough stocks already brewed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to keep supplying pubs and restaurants as they re-open. Its dairy and juice business has also been impacted, and is now producing perishables at a limited capacity.

Despite the impact, it was able to make some deliveries on Tuesday.

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