Cyber Attack & Data Breach List - April 2022

Eight UK cyber attacks and data breaches

There were a total of eight reported UK cyber attacks and data breaches, down from ten last month.  The education and health & social care sectors are notable by their absence – we don’t expect this to be a long term trend, but it is cause for a small celebration nonetheless.

Retail tops the list this month, with a single data breach and three cyber incidents.  Notably WH Smith owned Funky Pigeon has suffered a hacking attack, and had to take some of its online ordering system offline.  Customers have been notified, as have the regulator and law enforcement.

Two attacks this month have been recorded as ransomware, highlighting that this highly disruptive and destructive attack vector is still being leverage by cyber criminal gangs.

In April the eight data breaches and cyber attacks were in the following sectors:

  • Manufacturing
  • Retail and Wholesale Trade
  • Professional and Technical Services
  • Financial Services
  • Government & Public Sector

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04 Apr 2022

Emma Sleep Company admits checkout cyber attack


Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

Emma Sleep Company has confirmed to The Reg that it suffered a Magecart attack which enabled ne'er-do-wells to skim customers' credit or debit card data from its website.

05 Apr 2022

The Works has been forced to close some stores because of a cyber attack

Retail and Wholesale Trade

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

A "cybersecurity incident" targeting the retailer has caused issues with tills, restocking stores and making online deliveries.

05 Apr 2022

Cyber attack on a law firm in the United Kingdom

Professional and Technical Services

Cyber Attacks - Ransomware

Listed law firm The Ince Group has been granted an interim injunction to stop hackers from releasing confidential data on the dark web if it does not pay a ransom.

07 Apr 2022

Northern Ireland TrustFord Sites Hit by Ransomware Gang

Retail and Wholesale Trade

Cyber Attacks - Ransomware

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is currently investigating a cyber-attack across TrustFord branches throughout the UK.

12 Apr 2022

Shiseido reportedly suffers data breach

Retail and Wholesale Trade

Data Breaches

The Japanese cosmetics company has been accused of failing to notify affected staff of the leak

12 Apr 2022

DDoS attack on a crypto currency platform

Financial Services

Cyber Attacks - Denial of Service, the high-growth global crypto exchange, has today confirmed it was the target of a failed distributed "denial of service" (DDoS) cyber-attack. The DDoS attack was attempted on Tuesday, 12 April. The attack was unsuccessful and no customer accounts or data were compromised during the incident.

18 Jun 2022

Pegasus spyware used to infiltrate Downing Street network - report

Government and Public Sector

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

A device connected to the network was infected in July 2020 - prompting tests on several phones including that of the prime minister - according to a report.

19 Apr 2022

WH Smith says Funky Pigeon orders suspended following cyber attack

Retail and Wholesale Trade

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

British retailer WH Smith has suspended orders from its online greetings card and gift business Funky Pigeon following a cyber-security incident last week.

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Bob Nicolson | Head of Consultancy

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