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On Sunday 12th of December 2021, McMenamins, a popular chain of restaurants, pubs, breweries, and hotels located in Oregon and Washington experienced a ransomware that resulted in McMenamins being forced to shut down their IT systems, credit card point-of-sale systems, and corporate email to prevent the further spread of the attack. Although their IT systems were shut down, McMenamins hasn’t been forced to close any of their locations.

“It is possible that internal employee data may have been compromised, although it is not currently known whether that is the case. The following categories of employee information were potentially affected: names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, direct deposit bank account information, and benefits records.” – McMenamins.

McMenamins has confirmed that they are working with the FBI and a third-party cybersecurity firm to investigate the attack in a recently released statement. McMenamins has said that their initial investigation does not indicate that any customer information was compromised. The ransomware gang which is responsible for the incident is Conti ransomware gang.

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