It is understood a data breach at UK software company Sage may have compromised personal information for employees at 280 UK businesses.
Police are investigating the breach and Sage is probing the "unauthorised access" of data by someone using an "internal" company computer sign in.
The info was accessed at some point within the last few weeks. It is unclear whether it was stolen from the FTSE-listed firm, or merely viewed.
Data security is critical for any business and even home computer users. Client information, payment information, personal files, bank account details - all of this information can be hard to replace and potentially dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands as we have seen in the past with many companies failing to secure their data. When data loss is due to disasters such as a flood or fire it can be crushing to a business, but losing it to hackers or a malware infection can have much greater consequences. At Technology Recycle Group we take data erasure very seriously and you can find more about our data wiping services on our services page.
The police are investigating and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), responsible for the enforcement of the Data Protection Act 1998, has been informed.
Sage has notified those businesses whose data might have been accessed and has advised them to look out for any unusual activity.