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March 23, 2022

Nestlé hacking claims have “no foundation”, food giant insists

Hacking collective Anonymous said it had leaked 10GB of data from the world’s largest food maker.

By Dean Best

Nestlé has brushed off claims from a group of hackers that announced it had leaked a tranche of data from the Swiss food giant.

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Hacking collective Anonymous yesterday (22 March) announced it had published 10GB of material from the KitKat and Maggi maker. Anonymous said the leak was a response to Nestlé continuing to do business in Russia.

The group also posted a link to a website that hosted a file entitled Nestle.zip. Inside, there were further files called Nestle Orders.txt, Nestle partial 1.txt, Nestle Passwords.txt and Nestle Payments.txt.

In response, Nestlé dismissed Anonymous’ assertions. “This recent claim of a cyber attack against Nestlé and subsequent data leak has no foundation,” the world’s largest food maker insisted.

“It relates to a case from February this year, when some randomised and predominantly publicly available test data of a B2B nature was made accessible unintentionally online for a short period of time. We quickly investigated and no further action was deemed necessary.”

Nestlé added: “Cybersecurity is one of our top priorities. We continuously monitor the IT landscape and take all actions needed to ensure we stay cybersecurity-resilient.”

The company, meanwhile, also announced today it is to further cut the number of products it sells in Russia, acting after criticism from Ukraine’s President Zelensky.

Cybersecurity has been rising up corporate agendas and, in recent years, some major names in the food industry have been hacked. A recent prominent example was the breach last May at Brazil-based meat giant JBS, which saw its servers supporting the company’s North American and Australian IT systems targeted by what it called “an organised cybersecurity attack”.

The war in Ukraine has sparked concerns that companies in nations opposing Russia’s invasion must prepare for a cybersecurity backlash.

On the flip side, Anonymous, however, has declared it is officially at war “against the Russian government”, taking credit for a number of cyber incidents, including distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against Russian government platforms and broadcasters.

Analysis: “Shields up” – How Putin’s war in Ukraine will hurt firms’ cybersecurity

Analysis: Revealed: The food companies leading the way in cybersecurity

For more on Just Food’s coverage on how the conflict is affecting the food industry, please visit our dedicated microsite

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The food and grocery sector thrived during the pandemic, largely due to the shutdown of the food service industry and the sector’s subsequent necessity, panic-induced bulk purchasing, and spending more time at home. The market has grown as a result of inflation. Consumer unwillingness to go out and socialize, and the reopening of several hospitality facilities, helped maintain the demand for groceries, particularly online, in 2021. As consumer behavior changes, we consume more food and drink at home, and inflation increases basket sizes. GlobalData predicts that the sector will continue to hold a higher share than had been predicted prior to the pandemic. This is true despite the fact that the food and grocery sector's share of overall retail will decline from its peak in 2020. This report will discuss market forecasts and key themes in the global food & grocery industry in 2022 and beyond. It covers:
  • Market drivers and inhibitors
  • Five-year forecasts and the impact of COVID-19
  • The performance of the online channel versus offline
  • Major trends in the market including rapid delivery, ambient retailing, supply chain disruption, and inflation
Assess developments within this sector to help your business thrive in 2022 and beyond.
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