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Latest News: KP Snacks Ransomware Attack

What has happened?
On Wednesday, the company KP Snacks who manufacture well-loved British crisps, sweets and nut-based snack brands, such as Hulu Hoops, Skips, Tyrell’s and McCoy’s revealed its networks had been compromised with ransomware after an initial investigation of an “IT outage” on Jan. 28.

How has it affected the business?
The company has stopped taking orders and has apologized for disruptions, which some are concerned could lead to a wider shortage.

What can happen?
BBC News reported that cyber-criminals have published on the dark net what appear to be personal documents from KP Snacks staff, featuring the company letterhead. The post threatened to publish more data unless a ransom was paid.

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