picture of mccoys crisps on supermarket shelves

KP Snacks hacked

Shops were warned of potential stock shortages following a ransomware attack on KP Snacks.

In early February, Better Retailing reported that KP had sent a letter to retailers saying it could not “safely process orders or dispatch goods.”

KP, which products iconic crisp brands McCoys and Hula Hoops, alongside various brands of nuts, apologised for the disruption it could cause, which could reportedly last until March.

One wholesaler told Better Retailing: “Initial discussions have highlighted that no orders will be being placed or delivered for a couple of weeks at least and service could be affected until the end of March at the earliest.”

Data published on dark web

BBC News said it had seen a post on the dark web that included personal documents and details of KP staff. The documents were verifiable due to the presence of the company’s letterhead.

The page in question also had a countdown timer. The ransomware group behind the attack warned it would publish further sensitive data unless their ransom demand was paid.

The police advise that companies don’t pay such ransoms.

In a statement, KP Snacks said: “On Friday, 28 January, we became aware that we were unfortunately victims of a ransomware incident.

“As soon as we became aware of the incident, we enacted our cyber-security response plan and engaged a leading forensic information technology firm and legal counsel to assist us in our investigation.

“We have been continuing to keep our colleagues, customers, and suppliers informed of any developments and apologise for any disruption this may have caused.”

It is believed the incident is isolated to KP Snacks systems and that no consumer data is at risk.

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