Cyber Attack & Data Breach List - March 2022

Ten UK cyber attacks and data breaches

For the second month in a row we have seen ten UK cyber attacks and data breaches reported, with the Government and public sector again leading the pack with one cyber attack and two data breaches.  Not a strong record,  but we’ll generously put that down to the size of the sector!

Transport and logistics has made an unusual entry into the table, with a ferry company and a train company both suffering some kind of incident - we have reported the Wightlink incident as a data breach as there is no clear cyber element. This illustrates clearly that as industries gain cyber maturity, cyber criminals will seek out softer targets lower down the maturity ladder on which to focus their attention.

In March the ten data breaches and cyber attacks were in the following sectors:

  • Financial Services
  • Technology, Communication & Media
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Government & Public Sector
  • Health & Social Care

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01 Mar 2022

Insurance giant Aon confirms it has suffered 'cyber incident'

Financial Services

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

Aon, the British-American provider of insurance and pension administration, has brought in external specialists to help probe a "cyber incident".

10 Mar 2022

Vodafone investigating claims it was hacked by same group that hit Nvidia and Samsung

Technology

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

Vodafone is investigating claims by Lapsus$ that it stole source code from the telecoms giant, and it could be about to dump 200GB of the pilfered data.

10 Mar 2022

Wightlink reveal data breach of customers’ highly sensitive information

Transportation and Logistics

Data Breaches

It’s not yet clear how many customers have been affected, but highly sensitive information has been compromised

15 Mar 2022

Greencore hit by data breach - leaking bank details and insurance numbers

Manufacturing

Data Breaches

A GROUP of employees at a UK business with two County Durham hubs are considering legal action after it emerged that banking details, national insurance numbers and salary figures were ‘compromised’ during a data breach.

21 Mar 2022

Data of nearly 100 children leaked in major data breach

Government and Public Sector

Data Breaches

Personal data identifying dozens of children has been shared by a council in an email.

22 Mar 2022

Scottish mental health charity SAMH targeted in cyber attack

Health and Social Care

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

A Scottish mental health charity says it has been the victim of a "sophisticated and criminal" cyber attack.

24 Mar 2022

UK Ministry of Defence takes recruitment system offline, confirms data leak

Government and Public Sector

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

The UK Ministry of Defence has suspended online application and support services for the British Army’s Capita-run Defence Recruitment System and confirmed to us that digital intruders compromised some data held on would-be soldiers.

24 Mar 2022

IT outage at Scotland's Heriot-Watt University enters second week

Education

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

Multiple systems remain down as spokesperson confirms 'security incident' was cyber attack.

26 Mar 2022

Rail company in the UK affected by cyber attack

Transportation and Logistics

Cyber Attacks - Hacking Incident

c2c - who run train services in south Essex - have been targeted in a cyberattack, which means that passengers are unable to buy train tickets at station ticket offices. Passengers have been advised to buy their train tickets online or at the ticket vending machines as a result of the ongoing technical issue.

28 Mar 2022

Bin collectors apologise after sensitive letters blown onto London streets

Government and Public Sector

Data Breaches

A North London council has suspended its bin collection provider from handling sensitive material after letters containing residents’ personal information were blown into gardens and gutters.

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Bob Nicolson | Head of Consultancy

bob.nicolson@nicolsonbray.com

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