The Salvation Army Suffer Data Breach Following Cybersecurity Incident
In a letter sent out in October, to affected people, The Salvation Army has confirmed that personal data was exposed in a data breach that took place earlier in 2021.
It was reported that an unauthorised third party was able to access portions of their IT systems. From here, said party were able to access personal data, including National Insurance numbers, bank account numbers, sort codes and personnel information.
In response to the incident, The Salvation Army acted to shut down the ‘intrusion’ and prevented further unauthorised access. An external cybersecurity firm was engaged to investigate the matter, while the police and other appropriate regulators were also notified.
The Salvation Army have claimed that there is no evidence the data in question has been misused, or the third party intends to misuse it in the future. However, there is no guarantee that this will continue to hold true, particularly as the data can be considered very sensitive.
If you have been contacted by The Salvation Army to inform you that your data was exposed in the breach, or you have reason to believe that this is the case, you are likely to have grounds to make a claim for compensation.
The team at Hayes Connor are ready to advise and support anyone who has been affected by the Salvation Army data breach. To find out more about how you can make a claim, please get in touch.
What to do if you are concerned about the Salvation Army data breach
If your data was exposed in the Salvation Army data breach, you should have already been contacted to inform you that this is the case. However, if for any reason you have not been contacted by The Salvation Army, and you have legitimate concerns that your data was exposed in the breach, then you should get in touch with them as soon as possible.
It is vitally important that you remain vigilant of any unexpected communications, such as emails or text messages. This is especially if these messages appear to be from someone claiming to represent The Salvation Army. These could be cleverly disguised ‘phishing’ attacks which are designed to extract further information from you.
There are various ways you can reduce the risk of cybercriminals using your personal data against you. For more, please read our helpful guide on what to do if your data has been stolen in a data breach.
If your data was exposed in the Salvation Army data breach, you may be in line to claim compensation. This is something the team at Hayes Connor can help you with.
How Hayes Connor can help you claim compensation for the Salvation Army data breach
Any organisation that handles your personal data has a legal obligation to keep it secure and out of the hands of unauthorised third parties. Failure to uphold this obligation can often lead to further action and affected individuals may be in a position to make a compensation claim.
Hayes Connor has one of the largest dedicated teams of data breach specialists in the country. We have a wealth of combined expertise in handling claims and, as such, are perfectly placed to guide you through the steps you need to take to bring forward a claim.
We can discuss your personal situation in detail and help to assess whether you are owed compensation, how much you could be entitled to and how the general claims process works.
We understand how stressful and worrying it can be to lose your personal data, which is why we also make sure to provide you with close personal support during the claims process, as well as making sure everything is kept as straightforward as possible.
You can find out more about our expertise and how we handle data breach claims here.
To start a claim, you can use our online claim form.
To speak to a member of our team about the Salvation Army data breach, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0151 363 5895.