Hayes Connor Solicitors Data Breach Overview: February 2020
Each month at Hayes Connor Solicitors, we take a look at some of the key data breach news that has occurred over the last few weeks. Looking at both significant cases, legal developments, and what's happening at our firm, we hope to help businesses and individuals to become fully protected in our increasingly online world.
So, what happened in February 2020? Find out in our data breach overview.
February 2020 data breach news
A Hayes Connor cyber scam case was covered by The Guardian
Cyber scams are becoming more and more sophisticated. Meaning it's easier to fall for them. The Guardian covered the story of one Hayes Connor client who lost £95,000 in a bank transfer scam after her solicitor's email was hacked when buying a property. After a year-long battle, we managed to help her retrieve two-thirds of the cash.
Our Equifax data breach case featured in the Telegraph
Hayes Connor featured in The Telegraph following news that Chinese military hackers have been charged with the 2017 Equifax cyber-attack. The malicious incident affected 15 million people in the UK with 700,000 of those having sensitive personal data stolen. Hayes Connor filed a claim in the High Court in October 2019 seeking an estimated £100 million in compensation for those affected.
A number of police officers contacted Hayes Connor, concerned that sensitive data relating to their pensions has been breached
We were contacted by a number of police officers concerned about the Equiniti pension data breach.
In this breach, over 750 annual benefit statements were sent to the wrong postal addresses. These statements were for police officers of Sussex Police. Equiniti, a company that provides support, communications and technology platforms to help manage company pensions, was responsible for distributing these statements.
All the officers who have contacted us had suffered significant shock, distress, anxiety, and stress.
A Crew and Concierge data breach put thousands at risk
According to a report by Verdict, a data breach at UK-based Crew and Concierge Limited exposed the personal data of 17,379 people working in the yachting industry. Crew and Concierge is an international recruitment agency. It secures staff for ultra-high-net-worth clients' yachts. According to Verdict:
- The breach affected 17,379 people of 50 different nationalities - all of whom were on Crew and Concierge's books
- The data was online and available for anyone to access without a password since February 2019.
Crew and Concierge said that there is no evidence that its files had been maliciously accessed. However, if the report is accurate, the data exposed in this breach is highly sensitive.
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About Hayes Connor
At Hayes Connor, we are true experts in data breach law. This is all we do, and we have been doing it longer than most other solicitors. We lead our field when it comes to understanding the complexities involved. What's more, we have been working to defend consumer rights for over 50 years.
As well as our experienced lawyers, our team also includes some of the UK's best data breach barristers. This ensures our clients get the very best level of legal support available.
A lack of care and understanding about data breach law can leave victims open to advice and representation below the standard expected. And this could see people lose out financially as a result. But, despite being the most experienced data protection solicitors around, we also provide no-win, no-fee funding arrangements. So our clients don't have to worry about costs. There are no hidden charges or administration fees.
Importantly, while we are experts in group actions, we also deal with smaller individual cases. And we understand that for those involved the experience can be devastating. So, regardless of the details, we never belittle anyone's experience.
And, because making a data breach claim is stressful enough without having to chase your solicitor, we provide regular updates, so our clients always know what's happening. Together, this experience and expertise ensure that our data breach solicitors are unmatched in the UK.
Contact Hayes Connor Solicitors todayfor a free, no-obligation, initial assessment of your case and remember to keep an eye out for our March 2020 data breach overview.