KP Snacks hit by ransomware attack, retailers warned of shortages of chips and nuts | Science and technology news
A ransomware attack on KP Snacks could lead to a shortage of several popular brands of chips and nuts.
The UK company’s popular snacks, including Skips, Nik Naks, Hula Hoops, McCoy’s chips and KP Nuts themselves, are a staple in UK grocery stores, but their presence on shelves could be questioned.
According to news sent to local businesses and published by industry news Better Retaildeliveries could expect delays and failures until “the end of March at the earliest”.
“At this stage we are unable to securely process orders or ship goods,” the letter from KP Snacks explains.
A company spokesman has confirmed to Sky News that KP discovered a ransomware attack on Friday 28 January.
The alert, sent through food wholesaler Nisa, said KP Snacks would limit the size of orders for retailers so they could “manage what stock we have”.
KP Snacks’ statement to Sky News said: “As soon as we became aware of the incident, we put our cybersecurity response plan into effect and engaged a leading forensic information technology company and legal counsel to assist us in our investigation.
“Our internal IT teams continue to work with external experts to assess the situation.
“We have continued to keep our colleagues, customers and suppliers informed of all developments and apologize for any disruption this may have caused.”
The hackers threaten to release information stolen from the company’s IT systems in order to blackmail it into paying to decrypt its files and get its business running again.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Center warns: “Even if you pay the ransom, there is no guarantee you will gain access to your computer or files.”