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Interserve Hit by Data Breach; 100,000 Employee Records Stolen

Hackers stole sensitive details on 100,000 people from an outsourcing company named Interserve, but the attackers are unknown and the company offered no additional information.

News of the intrusion surfaced a couple of days ago, and it looks like a lot of the data stolen is sensitive, including employee names and their addresses, bank details, payroll information, HR records, pension information and much more.

Such data is extremely valuable on the dark web, as it can be used in a variety of ways, such as stealing people’s identities, compromising their bank accounts and so on. Interserve works directly with the UK government, making it all the more a target. According to a Telegraph report, the company recently helped build the Birmingham Nightingale Hospital.

“Interserve was the target of a cybersecurity attack earlier this month. Interserve is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Strategic Incident Response teams to investigate, contain and remedy the situation,” said an Interserve spokesperson.

“This will take some time and some operational services may be affected. Interserve has informed the Information Commissioner (ICO) of the incident. We will provide further updates when appropriate. Interserve’s employees, former employees, clients and suppliers are requested to exercise heightened vigilance during this time.”

People affected by the data breach should pay close attention to their bank accounts and other online accounts for any sign of compromise. Making matters worse, Interserve is on the verge of being broken up as it had financial problems and the new owners will take further steps in this direction in coming months. Dealing with a massive data breach is just the cherry on top.

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