Investigation begins into Spar supermarket cyber attack

A possible supply chain cyber attack left more than 300 Spar supermarkets unable to process credit card payments.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is investigating a security incident that has caused disruption at about 300 Spar stores in the north of England in a cyber attack that bears the hallmarks of a supply chain ransomware hit.

Based in the Netherlands, Spar operates a franchise model with more than 13,000 individual stores globally. A number of these franchises have been attacked by as yet unknown threat actors.