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Ransomware shuts 300 Yum Brands restaurants in the U.K.

The restaurants were forced to close for a day but have since reopened. The attack hit the company’s IT systems.
Yum Brands UK ransomware
A ransomware attack shuttered less than 300 Yum Brands restaurants in the U.K. Yum owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. / Photograph: Shutterstock.

A ransomware attack led to the temporary closure of 300 Yum Brands restaurants in the U.K., the company said on Thursday.

Details of the stores hit, or which brands were affected, were not available. Yum operates KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, each of which has operations in the country.

Louisville, Ky.-based Yum said that the attack hit its information technology systems. That led the company to take certain systems offline, leading to the closure of “less than 300 restaurants” in the U.K. for a day. All stores have since reopened, Yum Brands said.

Yum said it is working to restore the affected systems, which should be complete in the coming days.

Hackers did get information from Yum Brands’ network. The company said it is investigating the incident but said “there is no evidence that customer databases were stolen.”

Yum also said it is not aware of any other restaurant disruptions. It also said it doesn’t expect the situation to have a “material impact” on its business.

KFC operates more than 900 locations in the U.K. Pizza Hut has more than 250 locations. There are more than 100 Taco Bell restaurants there.

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