Butlin, the holiday camp organization, has stated that the personal information of as many as 34,000 guests may have been stolen by hackers. The information includes names, addresses, contact information and the dates when they came for the holiday, as announced by the company.
Dermot King, the managing director of Butlin, apologized for the hacking and highlighted that there has been no breach of financial information. A dedicated team by the company is getting in touch with the guests affected by this breach. Mr King assured that for Butlin, the security of the information of guests is a topmost priority and that they have carried out improvements in many of their security checks and validations. A web-page has been set up by the firm to provide details regarding the breach.
It was confirmed by one of the representatives of Butlin that this breach was accomplished via a mail based phishing attack. The spokesperson added that it is difficult for the company to be sure whether all of the data was hacked or parts of it. Also, the company has not yet been able to spot any proofs regarding malicious activity connected with the incident.
Jocelyn Paulley, representative of law firm Gowling WLG, stated that the data breach was a product of a phishing mail. He highlighted that this highlights the urgent requirement to make the staff well-versed with the ability to identify the sophisticated fake communications, which are disguised as genuine. He also mentioned that for an organization’s security, error by humans acts as single greatest point of weakness.
Information about this breach has been communicated by the team at Butlin to the Office of Information Commissioner, a representative of which stated that the company has informed them about the incident and they will find more information regarding the same.
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