Ransomware shuts down hundreds of KFC, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell restaurants

Yum! Brands has over 5 billion dollars in total assets and generates 1.3 billion dollars in net profit per year. The company’s restaurants can be found in 155 nations and territories across the world. A ransomware attack has been launched against Yum! Brands, the company that operates the KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chains. This attack has resulted in the closure of 300 sites in the United Kingdom.

Additionally, the corporation began an investigation, contacted federal law enforcement, and retained the expertise of industry-leading cybersecurity and forensics specialists.

The restaurants in the United Kingdom that were compromised have resumed their regular business activities, and it is not anticipated that they will have any more difficulties as a result of the hack.

Yum! Brands has determined that the attack resulted in the theft of data, but they have not found any proof that the data of their customers has been compromised.

“Yum! Brands, Inc. made the announcement that they had been the victim of a ransomware attack on January 18, 2023, which had an effect on some information technology systems. As soon as the Company became aware of the issue, it immediately began the process of responding to it by initiating response procedures. These protocols included the deployment of containment measures, such as taking specific systems down and establishing increased monitoring technologies. In addition, the Company launched an investigation, solicited the assistance of renowned experts in the fields of cybersecurity and forensics, and communicated its findings to federal law enforcement. A total of less than 300 eateries in the United Kingdom were forced to shut for the whole of one day, but they have since reopened. The company is working hard to completely restore all of the damaged systems, and they anticipate that this process will be finished in significant part in the coming days. Even though information was stolen from the company’s network, and the investigation into the matter is still going on, there is no indication that client database information was taken at this time. In spite of the fact that this incident created a momentary interruption, the Company is not aware of any other restaurant outages and does not anticipate that this occurrence will have a significant negative effect on its business, operations, or financial results.” Said the company statement.