SOFT DRINKS GIANT Coca Cola was hacked in 2009 but never revealed the incident.
The revelation comes from Bloomberg, where a report says that the firm was advised of the attack three years ago and told that it probably originated from China.
According to the report the hackers made off with documents or data relating to Coke's attempted $2.4bn takeover of the China Huiyuan Juice Group.
The firm's defences were breached when one of its senior managers clicked on a malicious link in an email. This was just one attack on the company, as apparently it is visited regularly every month, but that time it worked. Hackers were able to get access to the firm's networks, passwords and documents and make off with them.
Coca Cola, and we have asked it for comment, did not tell the US Securities and Exchange Commission about the successful attack, and has not replied to us today.
Documents seen by Bloomberg show that the hack came at the time when Coca Cola was in advanced talks with the juice company, and could have been Chinese state sponsored. Whatever, shortly after the hacking attack the deal fell through.
Coca Cola has responded to our request for comment with a comment that it does not speak on security incidents.
"Our Company's security team manages security risks in conjunction with the appropriate security and law enforcement organizations around the world," it said. " As a matter of practice, we do not comment on security matters." µ