Anonymous didn’t hack Nestlé; it was the company that leaked its own data. This is the surprising response that the Swiss company offered regarding the alleged data theft by the aforementioned hacker group. In statements to Gizmodoa Nestlé spokesperson denied the account published by Anonymous via emails.
Just yesterday, Tuesday, we echoed the news that Anonymous had managed to get its hands on 10GB of Nestlé data. This information would have contained corporate passwords and emails, as well as data from more than 50,000 corporate clients. Now, the words of the Nestlé spokesperson seem to assure that everything was a lie fabricated by the group of hackers.
The multinational commented in its conversation with the media: “This recent allegation of a cyberattack against Nestlé and the resulting data leak have no basis.” The company also ensures that this data were accidentally posted by themselves last February; while the tests were carried out online.
Nestlé’s word against that of Anonymous
Thus, the representative of Nestlé asserts that all the information collected by Anonymous bears, in fact, several weeks hanging out on the internet. Some of this data was already public, while others remained unknown. However, it seems that Anonymous did not post nothing the company doesn’t already know in advance.
In a later email, Comments from the Nestlé spokesperson to the aforementioned support the following:
Some primarily public data (for example, company names and addresses and some company email addresses) were mistakenly made available on the web for a limited period (a few weeks). Our security team detected it at that time and the corresponding examination was carried out. The data has been prepared for a B2B test website to perform some functionality checks.
What’s going on between Anonymous and Nestlé?
Supposedly anonymous reportedly leaked up to 10 GB of Nestlé data in the form of revenge for his alleged support of the “criminal Kremlin regime”. Forty-eight hours before, the group of hackers asked several companies to withdraw which continue to operate on Russian soil, including the Swiss multinational.
However, now Nestlé itself has come out to deny this account. Moreover, he assures in past statements that his operation in Russia is limited, and only products essential to the population remain in production. Everything else has been taken off the market, they say. They also suspended imports and exports of non-essential products.
However, Nestlé has drawn criticism from politicians and organizations activists. According to a publication by Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a professor at Yale University, the company was ranked the second worst group of companies still in operation in Russia; a single category above those who behaved the least well during the conflict.