Hackers attack Arla Foods in Greece

Published:
14 November 2002
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A recent hacker attack on Arla Foods Hellas in Athens has created havoc for 30 staff who had all e-mails and documents deleted from their computers.
During the subsequent recovery operation, between 10-20,000 documents had to sorted through.

Erik Folden, General Manager of Arla Foods Hellad, explains.
“Two weeks ago our external IT consultant told us to change our password. However, when we arrived at work the following morning the staff could not access their files and we quickly suspected a hacker attack. We now know that a person with considerable IT knowledge has interfered with our system. We have reported the matter to the police for further investigation.”

Although Arla Foods’ Greek system is now up and running again, another 3-4 weeks will be required before all relevant files have been re-established. A number of confidential documents have, however, been irrevocably lost.

Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 9,900 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Arla Foods is one of the leading players in the international dairy arena with well-known brands like Arla®, Lurpak®, Puck® and Castello®. Arla Foods is focused on providing good dairy nourishment from sustainable farming and operations and is also the world's largest manufacturer of organic dairy products.

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Arla Group Press Office
Arla Group Press Office (journalists/media only) pressoffice@arlafoods.com +4591310310
Åse Andersson
Åse Andersson Head of Media Press contact for Arla Foods in Denmark aasan@arlafoods.com +45 91 310 310 +45 89 38 10 00
Carina Østergaard
Carina Østergaard External Communication Manager Press contact for Arla Foods International caoes@arlafoods.com +45 91 31 16 01 +45 89 38 10 00