Hackers stole data from Nestlé – but the company denies it

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, denies reports that hackers have stolen its data. But the group behind the attack insists that they’ve got no less than 10 GB of information from Nestlé, which includes emails, documents, and database files.

The case

Hackers linked to Anonymous have stolen no less than 10 GB of data from Nestlé and published it on the internet. The group probably attacked the manufacturer because it had not fully withdrawn from Russia. Nestlé denies the hacking attack, claiming that the information published was, in fact, from a simple database used for testing.

Who is Anonymous?

Anonymous is a hacktivist group known for its cyberattacks on various governments and corporations. The group is also known for its support of WikiLeaks and other organizations that promote transparency. Anonymous has no formal membership or structure, and anyone can join the group simply by taking part in its activities. A shared belief unites the group in freedom of information and expression.

Did you know about Nestlé?

Nestlé SA is a Swiss transnational food and drink company headquartered in Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland. It is the largest food company globally, measured by 2012 revenues. Nestlé traced its origins to 1866 when two brothers began producing nut milk, which they named “Nestlé”.