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Cyberattack strikes Absolut vodka company's office in London - Bloomberg sources

Aug 09 2017 18:30
Sofia Horta e Costa and Thomas Buckley, Bloomberg

London - Pernod Ricard suffered a cyberattack this week at its London office, forcing some UK 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 recent cyberattacks, disrupting operations.

Nivea-maker Beiersdorf said earlier this month that an IT disruption caused about €35m in lost sales in the first half. The same global attack affected thousands of computers at Durex condom maker Reckitt Benckiser, causing an estimated loss of 1% of annual sales, or about £90m.

Pernod Ricard shares fell as much as 2.1% to an intraday low of €116.9 in Paris after news of the attack. A spokesperson declined to comment.

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