300 KFC, Pizzahut, Taco Bell restaurants Shut Down after Ransomware Attack on Parent Company

July 22, 2023


KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell parent company Yum! Brands confirmed a ransomware attack that leaked company data and shut down restaurants in the United Kingdom.

Yum! quickly mitigated the ransomware attack, and all outlets resumed operations within 24 hours.
“With the ransomware being contained to a third of Yum! Brands UK outlets and the downtime being limited to 1 day – Yum! Brands have done relatively well recovering,” said Morten Gammelgard EVP, EMEA at BullWall. “The average amount of downtime for organizations when hit by Ransomware is approximately 24 days.”

Breach notification letters were sent to affected people starting Thursday 6 April. Yum! Brands revealed that it has "now found out the attackers stole some individuals' personal information, including names, driver's license numbers, and other ID card numbers."

Incident Date

January 13, 2023

Estimated Cost

300 restaurants shut down for 1 day

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified