Russia-linked hacker gang claims ransomware attack on McDonald’s as feds issue ‘shields up’ alert for ALL American companies to ‘prepare for disruptive cyber activity’
A ransomware group linked to Russia has claimed a cyberattack on McDonald’s Corporation, as federal officials warn of potential widespread targeting of US businesses after Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
The hacker gang Snatch on Friday claimed to have stolen 500 gigabytes of data from the fast-food giant headquartered in Chicago, posting their demand for an undisclosed ransom on the dark web.
A McDonald’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
It comes as the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issues a ‘shields up’ alert to all American businesses and organizations, urging them to take measures to protect themselves from potential cyberattack.
The hacker gang Snatch on Friday posted files to the dark web, claiming to have stolen 500 gigabytes of data from McDonald’s
‘Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, which has been accompanied by cyber-attacks on Ukrainian government and critical infrastructure organizations, may have consequences for our own nation’s critical infrastructure, a potential we’ve been warning about for months,’ the agency said.
‘Every organization—large and small—must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber activity,’ CISA said in the alert.
‘While there are no specific or credible cyber threats to the U.S. homeland at this time, we are mindful of the potential for Russia’s destabilizing actions to impact organizations both within and beyond the region, particularly in the wake of sanctions imposed by the United States and our Allies,’ the agency said.
McDonald’s is an iconic American company headquartered in Chicago
Experts warned that criminal hacker gangs in Russia, which frequently appear to operate with tacit government approval, appeared to be supporting Vladimir Putin in his confrontation with the West.
‘Russia-linked cybercriminals appear, unsurprisingly, to be supporting Russia,’ Brett Callow, a threat analyst with Emsisoft, told DailyMail.com.
‘While some of their threats may be idle – they likely don’t have the ability to pick off critical infrastructure at will – this is nonetheless a good time for all organizations to ensure their shields are fully up. It’s a volatile and unpredictable situation,’ he added.
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