Capita, a leading professional outsourcing company in the UK, recently suffered a severe cyberattack that resulted in data compromise. The company confirmed that the breach occurred on or around March 22 and was terminated by Capita on March 31. Approximately 4% of Capita's servers were affected, and there is some indication that data was exfiltrated from the affected servers. The stolen data reportedly included passport and driver's license scans, payment details, employment screening information, floor plans of several buildings, and employment offer details.
Initially, Capita experienced IT disruption on March 31, which prevented employees from accessing their systems. Although the company did not initially confirm that the disruption was due to a cyberattack, subsequent revelations indicate that this was likely the case. The attackers are believed to have used a Qakbot email campaign to gain initial access to Capita's systems.
The Black Basta ransomware group included Capita on its leak website, sharing some files as evidence that they had successfully stolen data from Capita's systems. Capita finally acknowledged the breach on April 20, and released a statement providing more details about the incident.
The severity of the breach highlights the potential consequences for companies that experience major data breaches, particularly those that hold sensitive information related to customers, suppliers, or employees. Capita's initial downplaying of the incident and its impact on the public and investors has been criticized by cybersecurity experts, who argue that transparency and honesty are crucial in such situations.
This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of robust cybersecurity measures, including employee education and training, strong password policies, regular system updates and backups, and access controls. Companies must also have effective incident response plans in place, which enable them to quickly detect and respond to potential breaches, minimize damage, and protect their reputation.
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