An unidentified hacker has taken over control of the Nile Breweries Limited website. We are yet to expressly ascertain when this hack happened but the tipoff was made by The CEO Magazine, a Ugandan business blog/news site.
The hacker created a new webpage and had the company website URL redirected there. In essence, no website data is lost as of yet. On the new webpage is a looped video with a seemingly crazy demand message by a deliberately hooded male with a distorted voice.
“This is a message to Nile Breweries. I have gone through your servers and discovered you’ve been sitting on a beer formula. So here is my demand; produce this beer immediately or the formula goes public. You have 24 hours,” demanded the hacker.
According to The CEO Magazine, the site coup happened this morning between 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. We have however failed to get a comment from the designated Nile Breweries Limited mouthpieces. By press time, our calls had gone unanswered.
A question arises; is it a genuine hack or a marketing strategy? It is very difficult to say but this is a developing story and we’ll keep you posted.
Nile Breweries Limited is arguably the leading beer manufacturer in Uganda. The beverage company was founded in 1951 by Rambhai Somibhai Patel and is headquartered in Njeru Municipality, a few meters from Jinja. The company is currently owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, commonly known as AB InBev. AB InBev is a Belgium-domiciled multinational drink and brewing company based in Leuven, Belgium.