Conti Gang Suspected of Ransomware Attack on McMenamins

The incident occurred last weekend at the popular chain of restaurants, hotels and breweries, which is still facing disruptions.

A family-run chain of hotels and restaurants this week has been grappling with the aftermath of a ransomware attack that occurred last weekend that may have exposed employees’ sensitive personal data, according to multiple reports.

The incident – which some have attributed to the Conti gang – forced McMenamins to shut down various operations, though locations could still receive customers. McMenamins is a popular chain of restaurants, pubs, breweries and hotels located in the Pacific Northwest: specifically, Washington and Oregon.

The company had to shut down its IT systems, credit card point-of-sale systems and corporate email to prevent the further spread of the attack, according to reports.

The company confirmed that the attack occurred on Dec. 12 “when cybercriminals deployed malicious software that locked the company’s systems and prevented access to critical information,” it said in a press statement to various news outlets on Wednesday.

A message on the chain’s website on Friday informed visitors of an outage that would affect anyone trying to contact the company through email.

“We are currently experiencing technical issues with our

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