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Cyberattack forces Ontario Beer Store locations to go cash only

A cyberattack has forced an unknown number of Ontario's more than 400 Beer Store locations to go cash only, as their credit and debit processing capabilities were wiped out.

Company has more than 400 locations around Ontario, but it's not known how many were affected

The Beer Store has more than 400 locations across Ontario. It's not known how many were impacted by the cyberattack. (Garry Asselstine/CBC News)

A cyberattack has forced an unknown number of Ontario's more than 400 Beer Store locations to go cash only, as their credit and debit processing capabilities were wiped out.

Brewers Retail, a consortium of brewing conglomerates that owns the retail chain known as The Beer Store, was targeted by a cyberattack that wiped out most of the network's payment processing capabilities.

"Overnight, we were subjected to a cyber attack and are following internal response protocols," a spokesperson for the company told CBC News. "Some of our locations are operating with cash only. We continue to implement physical distancing and are following all public health guidelines."

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