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Owner of KFC and Pizza Hut suffers virtual attack and closes 300 stores in the UK

Yum Brands said this Thursday (19) to have suffered a ransomware attack, when data is encrypted from the network and hijacked, in some of its information technology systems.

The cyber attack led to the temporary closure of some of its UK stores.

The parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said that while data was taken from its network, there was no evidence that customer databases were stolen.

According to the company, response protocols were initiated as soon as the violation was detected, including the adoption of containment measures, such as leaving certain systems offline.

Less than 300 restaurants in the UK were closed for one day but, according to the company, all stores are now operational.

Yum Brands also said that it has launched an investigation into the incident and has notified the federal police, adding that it expects to fully restore the damaged systems in the coming days.

The company does not expect the attack to have a material adverse impact on its business, operations or financial results.

Global cyberattacks increased by 38% in 2022, according to a recent report by cyberthreat intelligence provider Check Point Research, which said the increase was driven by smaller, more nimble hackers and ransomware gangs.

Source: CNN Brasil

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