UK: London police on alert after contractor cyberattack

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pirate 2.0 The hacked company had in particular in its possession the names, ranks and photos of the police officers of the English capital

UK: London police on alert after contractor cyberattack

A computer hack greatly worries London law enforcement. (Illustration) — Grant Falvey/LNP/Shutterstock/SIPA

After the leak of data from the Bern police in Switzerland and the police in Northern Ireland, it’s the turn of the London police. On Sunday, law enforcement officials in the capital announced taking security measures; after “unauthorized access to the computer system of one of its suppliers” and breach of security data.

This hacked company in question had in its databases the names, ranks, photos, salary and control levels of the police officers and teams. However, the police point out that this subcontractor did not have the addresses, telephone numbers or financial data of its agents.

&laquo ; Incredible concern” police officers

The newspaper The Sunreported Sunday that “cyber criminals broke into computer systems” of the company that prints ID cards; and passes for London Police, the largest police force in the UK. Scotland Yard clarified that investigators are now working with the company to see if there has been any breach in security. of its data.

According to one of its spokespersons, it was impossible to know when the hacking took place or how many personnel could be affected. “Security measures have been sockets… to following this report,” the police force in a press release.

For the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents the police on the base, this security breach is likely to cause “incredible concern and anger” among agents. “We share this feeling of outrage […] This is a security breach. astounding, which should never have been happen,” its vice-president Rick Prior.