Cyber Attack on Sports Direct leaks critical details of its 30k employees

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England-based sports retailer ‘Sports Direct’ has become a victim of Cyber Attack which leaked sensitive details of its 30,000 employees. The most annoying part of this cyber agony is that the workers of the sports retail giant were kept in dark about the data breach which happened in late September last year.

As per the details available to the media, the leaked info includes phone numbers, email IDs, contact details, names and home addresses of the retail giant’s 30k staff members.

The officials of Sports Direct discovered about the attack early this month when one of the hackers left a message on the company’s internal website encouraging the bosses to make contact.

Top officials of the retail giant immediately filed a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office after they came to know that personal details were compromised. But officials are confident that the leaked info wasn’t shared.

The blunder is that the sports retailer isn’t new to such type of controversies. In the year 2015, The Guardian reported that the staff working in Sports Direct were being paid below the minimum wage line. The news resource added that the staff was not being treated as Humans at all when it comes to the work environment.

Some media resources like Daily Mail also accused some top officials from Sports Direct for promising permanent contracts in exchange of Se###l Favors. 

Keith Hellawell Chairman of Sports Direct International Inc when contacted said that he cannot publicly comment on operational matters in relation to cyber security for obvious reasons. But he assured that such Cyber flubs will never be repeated in future.

NOTE- Very recently, Sports Direct which used to sell only sporting goods till 2015 has ventured into the business of fashion and lifestyle.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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