London Police: After IT System Breach, Supplier Security Compromised.
The supplier in question had access to the names, ranks, pictures, vetting statuses, and pay numbers of the officers and personnel, but not to their addresses, contact information, or financial records. According to the reports, “cyber crooks penetrated the IT systems” of the company that allegedly generates identification cards and staff passes for the Met, the largest police force in the UK.
According to Scotland Yard, they are currently working with the business to look into any possible data security breaches. Unfortunately, a spokesman was unable to share information on the breach’s timing or the potential size of its impact.
“Security measures have been taken as a result of this report,” the military stated in a statement.
Rank-and-file officers are represented by the Metropolitan Police Federation, which stated that the breach will “cause colleagues incredible concern and anger.”
Vice Chair Rick Prior declared, “We share that sense of rage this is a staggering security breach that should never have happened.”
The London breach comes after the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said last month that personal information on all serving personnel was unintentionally made public in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, according to AFP.
The miscalculation occurs months after the terrorism danger level in the province administered by the UK was raised to “severe” in response to a dissident republican assassination attempt on a senior police officer.