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Under Attack: Lion Suffers Second Cyberattack and the Federal Government Warns of an Active Cyberattack on Australian Organisations

News reports have revealed that Lion Beer Australia has suffered a second cyberattack within a week of falling victim to a ransomware attack. While Lion continues to recover from the first cyberattack, it must now investigate, respond and recover from this second attack.

Today, Lion announced it had received reports of Lion document lists posted online in recent days. It is continuing to investigate if any data has been removed from its system. Lion has also advised relevant authorities and regulators of the first incident.

Reports of Lion’s second cyberattack come at the same time as the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement that all levels of government and a wide range of Australian businesses (including health services and essential service providers) are being targeted by a “sophisticated foreign state-based-actor”. The Prime Minister made this announcement to remind the public of the threat, and that the Government remains vigilant. The Prime Minister advised organisations to take three simple proactive steps to protect themselves, which is all good advice:

  1. Patch your internet facing devices properly.
  2. Ensure you use multifactor authentication.
  3. Become an Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) partner to ensure you get the latest cyber threat advice.

The ACSC and the Department of Home Affairs have also released detailed advice and recommendations on such malicious attacks.

In making the announcement, the Prime Minister emphasised that cybersecurity is the responsibility of all Australians. The announcement and the second Lion cyber incident are reminders to all of us that unlike lightening, a cyberattack can strike twice in the same place and that Australian organisations may be vulnerable to an attack. Businesses should continue to improve their cyber resilience at every opportunity and follow the latest technical advice of the ACSC.

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About this Author

Cameron Abbott, Technology, Attorney, Australia, corporate, KL Gates Law Firm

Mr. Abbott is a corporate lawyer who focuses on technology, telecommunications and broadcasting transactions. He assists corporations and vendors in managing their technology requirements and contracts, particularly large outsourcing and technology procurements issues including licensing terms for SAP and Oracle and major system integration transactions.

Mr. Abbott partners with his clients to ensure market leading solutions are implemented in to their businesses. He concentrates on managing and negotiating complex technology solutions, which...

Keely O'Dowd, K&L Gates, attorney, Melbourne

Ms. O'Dowd is an experienced lawyer with a focus on technology and sourcing projects. She advises on a broad range of technology transactions, including procurement, outsourcing and software licensing. This work includes drafting and advising on a range of IT procurement and supply agreements. Ms. O'Dowd advises a range of corporations on privacy and cybersecurity.

Rebecca Gill Commercial Technology and Sourcing Lawyer Melbourne K&L Gates

Ms. Gill is a lawyer in our Corporate and Transactional team at the Melbourne office.

Primary Practice

Commercial Technology and Sourcing


  • J.D., Melbourne School of Law University of Melbourne, 2018
  • B.A., University of Melbourne, 2014
  • Certificate I in Vocational Preparation, Australian Employment and Training Solutions, 2014