Hackers hold Hula Hoops hostage in cyber-raid on Britain’s KP Snacks

Customers shop for groceries in a supermarket in London October 18, 2011. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo

LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Hackers are hitting Britain where it hurts by targeting some of its favourite savoury snacks, with the likes of Hula Hoops, KP Nuts, Butterkist popcorn and Nik Naks in their cyber sights.

The company behind those brands, KP Snacks, has revealed it has been hit by a cyber-attack which could hit supplies of popular snacks. It said it became aware last Friday that it was the victim of a ransomware attack, where hackers gain access to a network and hold data hostage.

“Our internal IT teams continue to work with third-party experts to assess the situation.”

According to the website Better Retailing, which first published news of the attack, KP Snacks has warned retailers of delivery delays.

Britain’s savoury snackers have endured a torrid time of late; in November, the country suffered a shortage of crisps after an IT system upgrade at Walkers, the country’s biggest producer, disrupted supplies. In December, Spar wholesaler James Hall was the victim of a cyber-attack, forcing the temporary closure of hundreds of stores. read more

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