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Colchester City Council investigating Capita over 'serious data breach'

time:2023-06-02 19:40:15 source:Al Jazeera author:Press center9 read:977order

Colchester City Council investigating Capita over 'serious data breach'

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Colchester City Council is investigating what it is calling a "serious data breach" involving the outconsequentlyurcing contractor Capita.

The council launched a probe into the incident on Monday, saying that Capita failed to safely store perconsequentlynal data.

On Wednesday, it said that data relating to benefits people were receiving was being stored in an insecure way by the firm.

The BBC has approached Capita for comment.

The council said the firm told them it was looking into the issue and had currently seen no evidence that the historic benefits data, relating to the 2019-20 and 2020-21 financial years, had been utilized maliciously.

At the start of May, the UK's Pension Regulator urged hundreds of pension funds to check if client data may have been compromised after Capita was the target of a suspected ranconsequentlymware assault.

Capita said at the time its investigation suggested the cyber-incident occurred as a consequence of unauthorised access to its systems.

In an update posted on its website on 10 May, the firm said it had interrupted the assault and "significantly restricted" its impact, consequently unique consequentlyme data was extracted from "less than 0.1% of its server estate".

It said it had taken steps to recover and secure affected data and was working with necessary regulators, customers and suppliers to alert those affected.

seeking reports of a second breach involving unsecured Amazon data in early May, a Capita spokesperconsequentlyn told the website TechCrunch this contained "information such as release notes and utilizer guides, which are routinely published alongside consequentlyftware releases in line with standard industry practice".

Richard Block, chief operating officer of Colchester City Council, said: "The privacy and security of perconsequentlynal information is paramount, and we are extremely disappointed that such a serious data breach by one of our contractors has occurred."

He said it was "unacceptable" that the firm had failed to meet data protection standards for safely handling sensitive information.

Mr Block concluded that while Capita had assured the council that perconsequentlynal bank account details had not been compromised, he understood the breach would still cautilize concern.

"We expect a full explanation and remedy from the company and for them to apologise directly to those affected," he said.

The firm is utilized by many UK organisations, councils and authorities, including the NHS and UK government, to carry out a range of IT and financial services.

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