A faimous Canadian restaurant chain suffers a massive outage after malware outbreak

In Canada, some restaurant locations were temporarily shut down due to an IT outage.
A famous Canadian restaurant chain that has over 20 restaurant brands has suffered a massive outage over the weekend thanks to a malware outbreak.

The company’s name is Recipe Unlimited — formerly known as Cara Operations — which operates restaurant brands in North America and Canada.

Not all the famous restaurants were affected by the mysterious malware outbreak, only those operating under brands known as Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, Milestones, Kelsey’s, Montana’s, Bier Markt, East Side Mario’s, The Landing Group of Restaurants, and Prime Pubs.

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The company declared that as soon as it learned of the incident it immediately took a number of IT systems offline and suspended internet access to all affected locations.

This decision made restaurants unable to process credit and debit card transactions, something that started several users outrages on social media.

Worst is that a small number of affected locations were temporarily close at all for unknown reasons.

Recipe Unlimited is working as we speak with third-party security experts and internal teams to resolve the issue.
They want to maintain and improve the appropriate system and data security measures and conduct regular system back-ups to restore the impacted systems.

For now, it is unclear if this case involves any ransomware, POS malware that steals payment card data, or something else. Recipe Unlimited spokesperson did not offer more information about the malware attack.

We will continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.