A hacker group that is linked to Russia claimed on Friday that they have stolen 500 GB of data from McDonald’s in a ransomware attack, according to Daily Mail.
The group, Snatch, allegedly stole the data from McDonald’s Corporation headquarters in Chicago. They posted a demand on the dark web for an undisclosed amount.
United States businesses have been warned by federal officials of potential widespread cyberattacks following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a ‘shields up’ alert to all American businesses, telling them to protect themselves from any attacks.
“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,” CISA said in it’s ‘shields up’ alert.
The security firm Sophos reported on the group Snatch in 2019, saying they have been active since 2018 and appear to all speak Russian. They refer to themselves as the “Snatch Team” and have kept a low profile over the years.
The security agency went on to make it clear that every company has to be prepared for a cyberattack.
“Every organization—large and small—must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber activity,” the CISA said.
McDonald’s did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail’s request for comment on the alleged ransomware attack.
The CISA added that they aren’t aware of any pending or potential cyberattacks, but are prepared for what could happen.
“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 CISA said.