Conti gang hits KP Snacks with a crippling ransomware attack

The ransomware attack affected the supply chain and disrupted deliveries to leading supermarkets in the United Kingdom.

A cyberattack carried out by the infamous Conti ransomware gang has hit the prominent German-owned British snack food manufacturer KP Snacks, the company has confirmed.

The ransomware took place on Friday, January 28th in which Conti ransomware operators stole the company’s data and also affected the supply chain, and disrupted deliveries to leading supermarkets across the country.

It is worth noting that KP Snakes is home to some of Britain’s most popular crisp brands, including Hula Hoops, Tyrell’s, McCoy’s, Skips, and Parsnip. The full list of the company’s brands is available on its Wikipedia page.

Like other ransomware gangs, the Conti gang’s modus operandi involves blocking victims’ access to computer systems in exchange for a ransom payment.

Conti, which itself is malicious software, vets for valuable targets, spreads the infection and encrypts all accessible computer systems on a network.

On Friday, 28 January we became aware that we were unfortunate victims of a ransomware incident. As soon as we became aware of the incident, we enacted our cybersecurity response plan and engaged a leading forensic information technology firm and legal counsel

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