KFC and Pizza Hut owner closes 300 UK stores after ransomware attack

Yum! Brands, which owns global restaurant chains Pizza Hut and KFC, has experienced a ransomware attack in which data was stolen from the company network.

In a statement on its website, the company said that nearly 300 stores in the UK were affected by the attack and had to close for the day.

The firm, which is investigation the incident, said there was ‘no evidence’ that customer databases had been stolen.

Yum! Brands is also using the services of cybersecurity and forensics professionals and has notified Federal law enforcement in the US about the attack.

The company said the attack had impacted certain IT systems and that on detecting the incident, response protocols were initiated. These included containment measures, such as taking certain systems offline and employing enhanced monitoring technology.

The firm said there are no other restaurant disruptions, and it does not expect this event to have a material adverse impact on its business, operations or financial results.

National Technology News has reached out to Yum! Brands for further comment.

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