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Greencore data breach

Cybercriminals have accessed the personal & financial details of employees.
Keller Lenkner UK can help victims to claim compensation.

Have you been affected by the Greencore data breach?

In December 2021, Greencore began to experience some IT disruption. The business, which is a leading UK manufacturer of convenience foods, looked into the incident and discovered that it had experienced a cyberattack. In response, the company was forced to shut down some of its systems. Following the security failure, Greencore investigated the incident and uncovered that some HR data had been accessed.

In February 2022, Greencore wrote to employees to warn them that their personal information might have been exposed. The stolen information relates to current and former Greencore employees. It includes:

This is a significant amount of personal information and the delay in notifying those affected means that employees were not given the chance to secure their personal data between then and now.

As information stolen in breaches is often used by cybercriminals, this delay means that Greencore employees have been left vulnerable to cyber fraud and scams. Anyone who has been contacted by Greencore and told that their data was compromised in the breach should now take immediate steps to protect themselves.

Keller Lenkner UK has launched an action to help those involved in the Greencore data security failure claim compensation for any distress or financial losses experienced because of this breach.  We urge anyone affected to register with us.

Crucially, an employer cannot fire you or harm your career in any way if you make a claim. Greencore would be breaking employment law if it did, and any action could be classed as discrimination.

IF YOU ARE AFFECTED BY THE GREENCORE DATA BREACH, CONTACT US TO MAKE A NO-WIN, NO-FEE COMPENSATION CLAIM.

Why claim Greencore data breach compensation?

Hold the guilty party to account for failing to protect your private information.

Receive financial compensation for your losses.

Force organisations to implement better data security.

Those affected by the Greencore cyber-attack could be at risk

Any current or former Greencore employee involved in this breach must be vigilant to protect against further attacks.

If your data was compromised in this incident, it could be shared and sold on the dark web. And, while Greencore has informed its employees that “the manner in which the data was stored means that it is not easy for someone to access and/or read” this does not mean that it won’t be used by criminals.

While Greencore states that it is “confident that none of your information has been shared online or otherwise misused following the incident and we also believe that the risks of this happening at anytime are minimal” it cannot guarantee the safety of the data.

Similar data breaches have resulted in fraud, blackmail, and identity theft, so Greencore employees are at high risk of being targeted by cybercriminals.

Those affected by the incident could have a compensation claim.

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Talk to our expert data breach lawyers today on 0151 459 5850

Greencore Data Breach Timeline

  • December 2021
    Greencore began to experience some IT disruption
  • February 2022
    Greencore wrote to employees and former employees to tell them that HR data had been accessed in the attack.

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Your questions answered

See our answers to the FAQs we get asked about the Greencore data breach.

FAQs about the Greencore data breach

In December 2021, Greencore experienced a cyberattack. Greencore investigated the incident and discovered that some HR data had been accessed. This information relates to current and former Greencore employees.

The stolen information relates to current and former Greencore employees. It includes:

  • Names
  • Contact details
  • Details of the individual’s role at Greencore
  • Salary details
  • Absence and holiday information
  • National insurance numbers
  • Passport numbers
  • Bank account details.

This might not be a comprehensive list.

If you are affected by the data breach, Greencore should have been in touch to notify you.

Greencore claims the delay was justified because, while it became aware in December 2021 that it had experienced a cyberattack, it was only after investigation that the business discovered that current and former employee data was accessed in the attack.

But, even if Greencore did not know exactly what information had been accessed, it must have known that personal data could have been compromised. At that stage it should have contacted every single employee to warn them that their data could be at risk and let them take steps to protect themselves from harm.

Greencore believes that the data has not been used by cybercriminals and it is unlikely that it will pay compensation without evidence to directly link criminal activity to the breach. At Keller Lenkner UK, our cyber investigators can help you uncover such evidence. We can also help you to claim compensation for any distress suffered because of the breach.

Absolutely not. An employer cannot fire you or harm your career in any way if you make a claim. Greencore would be breaking employment law if it did.

If Greencore informs you that your data is involved in this breach, you can join our no-win, no-fee compensation claim. There are no costs to register and no obligation to proceed.

A group action claim is where a group of people – sometimes even thousands of people – have been affected by the same issue. Group action cases are also known as class actions, multi-claimant, or multi-party actions.

There are no costs to join a claim. However, if your claim is successful, you may have to pay a ‘success fee’. This fee is taken from the compensation awarded to you. At Keller Lenkner UK, our success fee is competitive, and we make sure you are fully informed about any potential costs before you officially join our action. If you lose, you won’t have to pay a penny.

What can you claim for?

While each case is judged on its own merits, there are some things we would typically look for when it comes to when claiming compensation following a data breach, cybercrime or other GDPR violation:

Financial loses

With stolen data, cybercriminals can make purchases using your bank and credit cards, apply for credit in your name, set up fraudulent bank accounts and access your existing online accounts.

Distress

GDPR failures, cybercrime and data breaches can have a significant impact on you, both mentally and physically. They can cause or exacerbate anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions.

Loss of privacy

Your data has value, and organisations must be held to account if they fail to protect your right to data privacy or otherwise do not uphold your GDPR rights.
 

How to protect yourself following a data breach or cybercrime

  • Contact your bank or credit card provider immediately if your financial data has been exposed.
  • Check all bills and emails for goods or services you have not ordered.
  • Check your bank account for unfamiliar transactions.
  • Alert your bank or credit card provider immediately if there is any suspicious activity.
  • Monitor your credit score for any unexpected dips.
  • Call Credit, Experian and Equifax to ensure credit isn’t taken out in your name.
  • Never provide your PIN or full password to anyone (even someone claiming to be from your bank).
  • Never been pressured into moving money to another account for fraud reasons. A legitimate bank won’t ask you to do this.
  • Follow the security instructions provided by the organisation that breached your data.
  • Never automatically click on any suspicious links or downloads in emails or texts.
  • Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic just because someone has your details.
  • Be careful who you trust – criminals often use scare tactics to try and trick you into revealing your security details.
  • Know that, even if you recognise a name or number, it might not be genuine.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. A trustworthy organisation would never force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
  • Never provide your full password, pin or security code to someone over the phone (or via message). If a bank believes a transaction has been fraudulent, they will not ask for this information to cancel the transaction.
  • Listen to your instincts and ask questions if something feels “off”.
  • Refuse requests for personal or financial information and stop discussions if you are at all unsure.
  • Contact your bank or financial service provider on a number you know and trust to check if a communication is genuine.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited communications that refer you to a web page asking for personal data.
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know on social media.
  • Review your online privacy settings.
  • Report suspected fraud attempts to the police and Action Fraud.
  • Register with the Cifas protective registration service to slow down credit applications made in your name.
  • Change your passwords regularly and use a different password for every account (a password manager can help with this).
  • Protect your devices with up-to-date internet security software.

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