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Boots, BA Warn Staff About Cyber Attack

Exploit in file transfer software impacts supply chain of payroll provider.


A vulnerability in file transfer software has led to warnings being issued to a range of companies warning staff of a potential compromise of personal details.

A flaw in MOVEit Transfer software, used by thousands of companies globally to transfer files, is used by the UK-based payroll provider Zellis, who said that eight of its customers have been impacted by the “global issue.”

This may have exposed personal information, including names, addresses, and banking details of some customers. This has led to a range of global companies - including British Airways and Boots - warning their staff about the potential compromise of personal information.

A Boots spokeswoman said: “A global data vulnerability, which affected a third-party software used by one of our payroll providers, included some of our team members’ personal details.

“Our provider assured us that immediate steps were taken to disable the server, and as a priority we have made our team members aware.”

“We have notified those colleagues whose personal information has been compromised to provide support and advice,” a spokesman for BA said.

Zellis said once it became aware of the incident it took immediate action, disconnecting the server that utilises MOVEit software and engaging an expert external security incident response team to assist with forensic analysis and ongoing monitoring.



Dan Raywood Senior Editor SC Media UK

Dan Raywood is a seasoned B2B journalist with over 20 years of experience, specializing in cybersecurity for the past 15 years. He has extensively covered topics from Advanced Persistent Threats and nation-state hackers to major data breaches and regulatory changes. Outside work, Dan enjoys supporting Tottenham Hotspur, managing mischievous cats, and sampling craft beers.

Dan Raywood Senior Editor SC Media UK

Dan Raywood is a seasoned B2B journalist with over 20 years of experience, specializing in cybersecurity for the past 15 years. He has extensively covered topics from Advanced Persistent Threats and nation-state hackers to major data breaches and regulatory changes. Outside work, Dan enjoys supporting Tottenham Hotspur, managing mischievous cats, and sampling craft beers.

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