BBC data breach exposes details of 25,000 current and former employees

A data breach has exposed the details of 25,000 current and former BBC employees. A security incident at a pension scheme is being taken "extremely seriously," the broadcasting giant has said, but the BBC adds there is no evidence of a ransomware attack.

The corporation’s pension scheme wrote to members on Wednesday to say their details had been stolen in a data security incident that it was taking “extremely seriously”. 25,290 people had been affected by the breach, the letter added.

The BBC said in an email to staff private records had been “copied from an online data storage service”. The email from Catherine Claydon, chair of the BBC Pension Trust, said: “We take this incident extremely seriously and we want to reassure you that we and the BBC have taken immediate steps to assess and contain the incident.

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“Please be reassured that we have responded quickly and that the source of the incident has been secured. We are working at pace with specialist teams internally and externally to understand how this happened and take appropriate action.

“As a precaution, we have also put in place additional security measures and continue to monitor the situation.” The BBC said there was currently no evidence that the private information had been misused but said this was being monitored. It advised members to “be vigilant for any activity that seems unusual”.

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In a statement, a BBC pension scheme spokesperson said it “sincerely apologised” to members and added: “We want to reassure members that the BBC has responded quickly and that the source of the incident has been secured. We are working at pace with specialist teams internally and externally to understand how this happened and to monitor the situation.

“As a precaution, additional security measures have also been put in place.”