British retailer WH Smith has suffered a knowledge breach that uncovered data belonging to present and former staff.
The corporate operates 1,700 places throughout the UK and employs over 12,500 folks, reporting a income of $1.67 billion in 2022.
Buyer knowledge is secure
“WH Smith PLC has been the goal of a cyber safety incident which has resulted in unlawful entry to some firm knowledge, together with present and former worker knowledge,” reads the corporate’s cybersecurity notice filed with London’s Inventory Trade.
The corporate states that the assault didn’t affect its buying and selling enterprise. Buyer knowledge was not affected as a result of this data is saved on separate techniques that remained secure from unauthorized entry.
People confirmed to be impacted by the incident can be notified instantly. WH Smith says that particular measures to assist them can be put in place. This presumably will embrace identification safety providers.
The notification to London’s Inventory Trade contains few particulars and the corporate didn’t share the character of the incident, which might be a ransomware assault.
The corporate has additionally but to find out what number of people have been impacted.
Though there are not any particulars in regards to the date of the assault, it may be concluded that the intrusion occurred after January 18, the date of the final buying and selling replace from the corporate, which didn’t point out any cyberattack. In accordance with the BBC, the incident occurred earlier this week.
Cyberattacks in UK this yr
The UK has had a number of high-profile ransomware assaults because the starting of the yr, leading to extreme enterprise disruptions and in depth knowledge leaks in some instances.
A notable instance is the assault on Yum! Brands January 19 that compelled the agency to shut down 300 KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and The Behavior Burger Grill eating places within the UK.
On January 30, British sports activities attire chain JD Sports disclosed that it suffered a knowledge breach after hackers compromised its servers and stole the net order data of ten million prospects.
On February 7, the LockBit ransomware gang took accountability for the cyberattack on Royal Mail, UK’s main mail supply providers supplier, forcing the corporate and its prospects to maintain prolonged outages.