|A statement from Sage, the company providing accounting, payroll and payments software for businesses, said that an internal login had been used to gain access to the data of some of its UK customers.
Sage explained that the personal details of the employees of about 280 UK firms could have been exposed in the breach. The company is currently investigating unauthorized access to the data obtained via an internal login, saying that it cannot comment further whilst it cooperates with the authorities in the investigation. However, Sage emphasized that its customers remained its first priority and the company notified those affected.
Sage is known as one of the largest tech firms in the United Kingdom, with more than 6 million small and medium-sized businesses using its software all over the globe. The company operates in 23 countries, but this particular leak is said to have only had a possible impact on customers in the United Kingdom. Back in July, Sage said it was confident its revenue would increase by at least 6% in financial year ending next month, continuing a pace set in the 6 months to the end of March, when its revenue rose 6% to £747m.
The company has informed the Information Commissioner’s Office, which enforces the Data Protection Act. Besides, the incident was reported to the City of London police.
This is just another incident where data of customers is targeted – for example, almost 157,000 TalkTalk customers had their personal details hacked in October 2015 in a cyber-attack on the telecoms company. TalkTalk later admitted it had lost 101,000 customers and suffered costs of £60m in result of the leak.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
|LOL not a good move on sage's behalf, It's bad enough ringing them up to get accounts reinstalled on a new machine let alone finding out your bank balance can be drained at any point.||
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