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Glass and Metal Packaging Giant Ardagh Group Discloses Cyberattack

Glass and metal packaging giant Ardagh Group this week disclosed a cyberattack that forced it to shut down certain systems and applications.

The Luxembourg-based company, one of the largest producers of glass and metal packaging products, says it was able to safely continue operations at its facilities despite the incident.

Ardagh Group initiated defense and containment procedures immediately after learning of the cyber-incident, and says it is now in the process of restoring key systems, a phased operation that is expected “to be substantially achieved by the end of this month.”

The company says that, while production continued at all of its metal and glass packaging facilities, the incident did result in some delays, affecting some supply chain operations. Furthermore, the company had to implement alternative solutions, such as manual workarounds, to ensure uninterrupted operations.

“While every effort is being made to minimize the impact on our operations, and our customers and suppliers, this incident has resulted in some delay and disruption in parts of our business. This is likely to give rise to some deferral or loss of revenue, as well as to incremental costs,” the company says.

At the moment, the incident is expected to have no effect on the Group’s full year 2021 financial results, but the company hasn’t completed its assessment of the overall operational and financial impact the incident will have.

The company also notes that it launched a forensic investigation into the incident, while also strengthening its security posture with new protection tools and reviewing its overall technology roadmap to ensure effective information security capabilities.

No details on the type of cyberattack or on whether the incident resulted in data loss have been provided so far, but Ardagh Group says it will share more information as the investigation continues.

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