Outsourcing group Interserve is recovering from a cyberattack which took place over the weekend that may have seen the details of up to 100,000 people stolen.
Hackers broke into a human resources database owned by the outsourcing firm, which recently helped build the Birmingham Nightingale Hospital, on May 9 and stole information on current and former Interserve employees, a company insider said.
The information stolen in the breach could have included sensitive data such as employee names, addresses, bank details, payroll information, next of kin details, HR records, dates of absences and pension information.
An Interserve spokesman declined to comment when asked about the types of data stolen in the hack and the number of people affected. The business currently employs more than 53,000 people, many of whom are low-paid workers on the frontline of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The company confirmed on Tuesday night that it had suffered a data breach earlier this month.
Interserve is one of a handful of “strategic suppliers” to the Government and maintains a number of schools and hospitals as well as transport networks.
The company’s new owners are likely to break up the business in the coming months. Creditors took control of Interserve a year ago through a pre-pack administration.
Employee data is valuable to hackers who could use the information to steal people’s identities or to attempt to trick them into giving them access to their bank account using the information they have on them.
Data stolen in hacks is often offered for sale online so that different groups of cybercriminals can attempt to use the hacked information for further attacks.
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