Hackers gain access to staff bank account details at Derbyshire’s Eurocell

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Hackers successfully gained access to a wealth of information about employees working at a Derbyshire manufacturer. The hack took place at PVC-U manufacturer Eurocell.

The ‘major cyber attack’ led to the hackers being able to access a great deal of information about the company’s staff. This included their personal details, bank account information and national insurance numbers.

Eurocell has contacted its current and former staff to inform them of the breach. Speaking in the company’s half-year results, issued on September 1, Eurocell CEO Mark Kell said: “We experienced a cyber incident towards the end of July, which resulted in some temporary disruption, but is now substantially resolved.

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“We detected the incident promptly and our core systems were restored quickly, with the business remaining operational throughout the period and trading normally from mid-August. We expect our cyber insurance will largely cover the financial impact of the disruption. In addition, we have built on our recent investments in IT infrastructure and implemented further resilience and security in this area.”

The data the hackers were able to view included:

  • Employment terms and conditions
  • Personal information (Date of birth, next of kin, bank account and national insurance, tax-reference numbers)
  • Right-to-work documentation
  • Health and wellbeing-related documents
  • Learning and development records
  • Disciplinary and grievance-related documents

Eurocell currently employs more than 2,000 people across its 210 UK branches. There are concerns that the data revealed to the hackers may end up on the dark web.

Mark Kelly - Chief executive at Eurocell
Mark Kelly – Chief executive at Eurocell

Hayes Connor, a specialist data breach law firm, is working with individuals affected by the data breach. The firm is now calling on Eurocell to provide more information about what happened and how employee data was compromised.

Christine Sabino, the legal representative for those affected by the breach, said: “The information we have received regarding the Eurocell data breach is extremely concerning and it is clear that further answers are needed. Not only are employees facing a threat of identity theft and fraud, adding to their distress, there is a real concern regarding the release of such highly sensitive personal data also.

“Eurocell has claimed that there is currently no evidence of the data being misused, but there is no way to tell if that is actually the case. It’s also not possible to say whether there will be any further issues in the future.

“As of yet, there’s been no indication as to how many individuals have been affected. The company has over 2,000 current employees, but it is possible that many more former employees could also be at risk given the type of information that has been exposed.

“Every employer has various obligations when it comes to data security, which means they have a duty to keep sensitive information secure. This type of incident warrants a significant investigation. Our team has started to make our own enquiries into the case and are determined to ensure our clients get the justice they deserve.”

Derbyshire Live has contacted Eurocell for comment.


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