Over 300 Spar stores shut following cyber attack

The attack has targeted the group’s IT systems, impacting its ability to process card payments

More than 300 Spar stores have been forced to temporarily close after a widespread cyber attack hit the group’s IT systems.

A spokesperson for the group confirmed the news to Sky, adding that some stores avoided closure by switching to cash only payments. 

A statement from the group said: “We are working to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.

“It is currently impacting stores’ ability to process card payments meaning that a number of SPAR stores are currently closed to shoppers or only taking cash payments.”

It added: “We apologise for the inconvenience this is causing our customers and we are working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation.”

A National Cyber Security Centre spokesperson said: “We are aware of an issue affecting Spar stores and are working with partners to fully understand the incident.”

Spar has been contacted for comment.

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