Million-dollar whisky sale targeted in cyber attack, says auctioneer


Million-dollar whisky sale targeted in cyber attack, says auctioneer

In Summary

  • Dubbed "the Perfect Collection," the spirits were amassed by the late Richard Gooding, a private American collector from Colorado.
  • Gooding spent decades in pursuit of the perfect collection, and traveled regularly to Scotland to search for special bottles at auctions and distilleries, according to the auction house, the specialist drinks seller Whisky Auctioneers.

The second phase of a million-dollar online whisky auction has been postponed after it became the target of a cyber attack, auctioneers have said.

Dubbed “the Perfect Collection,” the spirits were amassed by the late Richard Gooding, a private American collector from Colorado.

Gooding spent decades in pursuit of the perfect collection, and traveled regularly to Scotland to search for special bottles at auctions and distilleries, according to the auction house, the specialist drinks seller Whisky Auctioneers.

His whole collection consisted of more than 3,900 bottles — primarily single malt Scotch — with some individually valued at more than £1.2 million ($1.4 million), auctioneers said.

The second phase of a million-dollar online whisky auction has been postponed after it became the target of a cyber attack, auctioneers have said.

Dubbed “the Perfect Collection,” the spirits were amassed by the late Richard Gooding, a private American collector from Colorado.

Gooding spent decades in pursuit of the perfect collection, and traveled regularly to Scotland to search for special bottles at auctions and distilleries, according to the auction house, the specialist drinks seller Whisky Auctioneers.

His whole collection consisted of more than 3,900 bottles — primarily single malt Scotch — with some individually valued at more than £1.2 million ($1.4 million), auctioneers said.

Now, a statement on the website of the auctioneer says the sale had in fact been targeted by criminals.

“At approx. 22.30 (BST) on 21 April, WhiskyAuctioneer.com experienced a targeted, technologically sophisticated, sustained and malicious attack on our website and databases,” the auctioneer said in a statement on its website, adding that part two of the Perfect Collection auction had been postponed “indefinitely.”

“We extend our apologies to those who are disappointed in the postponement of the auction and those who may be impacted by the attack.

“The team here is working extremely hard to investigate this and minimize the impacts on our valued customers as a result of this situation,” they added.

Police in Scotland told CNN via email that they had received report of a cyber incident from a business in Perth, Scotland, on 21 April, and said that inquiries were “at an early stage.”

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