Yum! Brands, the fast food brand operator of fast food chains KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger Grill, was the target of a ransomware attack which forced the closure of 300 locations in the UK .
Yum! Brands operates 53,000 restaurants in 155 countries and territories, with total assets of more than $5 billion and annual net income of $1.3 billion.
“Upon detection of the incident, the company initiated response protocols, including deploying containment measures such as taking certain systems offline and implementing enhanced monitoring technology,” Yum ! The brands explained in a Press statement.
The company also launched an investigation, engaged the services of industry-leading cybersecurity and forensics professionals, and notified federal law enforcement.
Affected restaurants in the UK have resumed normal operations and are not expected to experience any further issues related to the cyberattack.
Ransomware actors typically steal data from hacked networks to extort their victims.
Yum! Brands confirmed that data was stolen in the attack, but sees no evidence that customer information was exposed.
“Although data was taken from the company’s network and an investigation is ongoing, at this stage there is no evidence that any customer databases were stolen,” reads the statement. Yum! Announcement of brands.
In a Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Yum! The brands assured investors that the ransomware attack would not result in any noticeable negative financial impact.
“While this incident caused temporary disruptions, the Company is not aware of any further restaurant disruptions and does not expect this event to have a material adverse impact on its business, operations or results. financial,” says the company. SEC report.
BleepingComputer contacted Yum! Brands for more information on when the breach occurred and how long attackers were able to retain access to company networks, and we’ll update this post as soon as we receive a response. .