DDoS attack on Whiskey Auctioning Firm


A UK based whiskey auctioning firm named ‘Whisky Auctioneer’ had to shut down the auctioning of beverages on Monday this week which includes a rare whiskey named Macallan sale. And the decision was taken due to a Distributed denial of attack(DDoS) on its auctioning website and database.


Highly placed sources say that the officials were in thought to sell over 4000 bottles of rare whisky which could have fetched them around 10 million pounds. But due to the DDoS attack auctioning of only 1900 bottles took place forcing the Perth based firm to postpone ‘The Perfect Collection: Part Two’ auction at sometime in June or September this year.


Details related to the hack were put forward before the customers across the world via email and they have been suggested some Cybersecurity tips to follow to avoid any digital incidents shortly.


Whisky Auctioneer says that no credit card or bank details of its customers were leaked in the cyber incident. 


But a source from the company says that a more sophisticated cyber attack took place on Tuesday resulting in the partial data leak. However, no details related to the attack are being updated to the media for reasons.


Iain McClune, the founder of Whisky Auctioneer has confirmed that a dedicated IT team has been investigating the attack and are busy improving and updating the systems in line with Cybersecurity expert advice.


Meanwhile, the Scotland Police have also launched a probe on the action fraud, and the Information Commissioner’s Office and NCSC were notified about the DDoS attack on Whisky Auctioneer.


Note- The website is currently displaying a cyber-attack incident notice on its home page.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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