UK soldiers banking details leaked to China says Barings Law

UK-based law firm Barings has brought to light a concerning incident involving alleged cyber espionage targeting British armed personnel. According to Barings Law, state-funded actors from China infiltrated systems and illicitly obtained names and banking details of more than 5,000 individuals, including those engaged in sensitive projects requiring anonymity.

The purported breach is said to have originated from a cyber attack on the Ministry of Defense’s servers earlier this year, leading to the compromise of data belonging to reservists, active personnel, and veterans who have left service since 2018. Barings Law attributes the data breach to hackers breaching the network of SSCL, a technology service provider for various UK government entities.

In response to the sensitive nature of the leaked information, a significant portion of the affected personnel, reportedly over 3,000 individuals, have expressed intent to pursue legal action against SSCL, alleging negligence in safeguarding payroll information from cyber threats.

While Barings Law’s claims await official confirmation from SSCL and the Ministry of Defense, the incident has drawn international attention, particularly due to its alleged connection to Chinese cyber activities. The situation has sparked discussions on platforms like Reddit, where skepticism about the authenticity of the hack has been voiced, with some speculating it could be a distraction tactic amidst the upcoming UK Elections 2024 scheduled to be held on July 4,2024 between Rishi Sunak of conservative party and Keir Starmer of Labour Party.

Cyber intelligence gathering tactics by nations like China and Russia have long been documented, with heightened scrutiny in recent years following geopolitical tensions, such as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine since February 2022.

SSCL has responded by launching an investigation into the matter, promising to provide updates on the integrity of data security as their inquiry progresses.

Naveen Goud
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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