Cy­ber­at­tack hits French dis­tiller in U.K.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

Pernod Ri­card SA suf­fered a cy­ber­at­tack this week at its Lon­don of­fice, forc­ing some U.K. em­ploy­ees of the French dis­tiller to turn in their com­put­ers to be checked for in­fec­tion, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said.

While Lon­don ap­pears to have been most af­fected, other sites may have been tar­geted as well, said one of the peo­ple, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied dis­cussing pri­vate in­for­ma­tion.

The pro­ducer of Ab­so­lut vodka and Chivas Regal Scotch whisky is the lat­est of sev­eral con­sumer-goods com­pa­nies that have been hit by cy­ber­at­tacks, dis­rupt­ing op­er­a­tions. Nivea-maker Beiers­dorf AG said ear­lier this month that an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy dis­rup­tion caused about $41 mil­lion in lost sales in the first half. The same global at­tack af­fected thou­sands of com­put­ers at Durex con­dom-maker Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC, caus­ing an es­ti­mated loss of 1 per­cent of an­nual sales, or about $117 mil­lion.

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