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Morrisons supermarket data breach, huge amounts of payroll data robbed

Morrisons last night admitted a huge data breach in which hundreds of thousands of employee payroll data had been compromised. The supermarket giants left huge numbers of their staff nervous about possible repercussions following a serious data breach performed by cyber criminals online.

The infamous supermarket chain had notified people via its Facebook page that their personal information is at risk, following a serious data breach. Morrisons went on to state that the personal and payroll details had been extracted and uploaded onto a public website for anyone to utilise.

Morrisons took to Facebook to inform its staff of the serious data breach, that could have compromised up to 100,000 staff members details

Morrisons took to Facebook to inform its staff of the serious data breach, that could have compromised up to 100,000 staff members details

Morrisons went on to state that the moment that they became aware of the breach they took ‘immediate steps’ to ensure that the data was removed. The site was subsequently removed within hours of notification, however, this does not prevent the immediate damage caused by Morrisons poor information security controls. Morrisons further stated that this illegal theft of data had been notified to the police and that it would no longer be accessed on the website. The firm detailed the lost data as having included names, addresses and bank account information of staff. This mass data breach could result in further repercussions to the supermarket giants once the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) are made aware.

A spokesman from Morrisons went on to state that they will ensure that no financial losses are incurred to employees and will investigate any misuse very seriously. Further reports by third party companies have stated that the leak may have included up to 100,000 members of staff pay roll details. The supermarket chain have implemented further steps to provide support to its staff, by setting up a helpline and email address for concerned members of staff. However, this does not console some of the staff members who have used social networking sites such as Twitter to express their concerns regarding the data loss. It is inevitable that the ICO will be informed, and ultimately fine, Morrisons supermarket for this data breach.

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