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Canada-Based Restaurant Chain Hit with Malware Attack


A series of restaurant brands which run under a parent company in Canada recently experienced impact of an outage hitting the parent business' IT systems during Saturday-Sunday within an incident the company named "malware outbreak." Formerly known as Cara Operations the company's present name -Recipe Unlimited runs restaurant brands inside North America; however, most commonly within Canada. The business franchises and/or runs over a thousand restaurants, chiefly inside Canada.


As for the outbreak, Recipe Unlimited stated that it didn't impact all the restaurants, however just those which ran as brands namely Milestones, Harvey's, Swiss Chalet, Bier Markt, Montana's, Kelseys, The Landing Group of Restaurants, East Side Mario's, and Prime Pubs. The company revealed this within one press release jointly with ZDNet.


Recipe Unlimited further stated that following its discovery of the malware assault that took place September 28, the corporate made an effort for preventing the assault from spreading through instant disconnection of its computers from the Internet along with suspension of online access for the affected outlets.


Soon after this action, impacted restaurants weren't able to process the transactions on payment cards. Worse for certain impacted outlets however, their central management tentatively down the shutters of their restaurants.


Meanwhile on 1st October, Facebook displayed a photo which showed an adjoining note on the door of an affected restaurant holding the IT breakdown accountable to certain computer glitch at the Head Office. It was as well stated in the notice that a large number of 1,400 restaurants weren't running temporarily as someone had hacked the PC at the Corporate Office.


And though the company carefully didn't describe the outage as 'ransomware assault,' it seems CBC saw the ransom missive that apparently was from the controllers of Ryuk ransom software.


However, Recipe Unlimited told to CBC the attack didn't demand ransom. According to the company, it was one general missive tied to certain virus known as Ryuk, the missive or ransom note whose exact copy was available through Google search. The company additionally asserted that it upheld suitable measures for data and system security as well as maintained regular back-ups of its databases.

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