Britain’s biggest fishing shop Angling Direct hacked with anglers redirected to adult website

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The UK’s biggest fishing shop has been hacked, with keen anglers redirected to an adult website.

Angling Direct, which sells fishing gear online and in its stores, said it is managing an ongoing cybersecurity incident after detecting unauthorised activity on its network late on Friday.

The company’s website was taken down and its social media accounts taken over during the attack.

On Angling Direct’s Twitter account, the hacker posted a mocking tweet claiming the firm had been sold to adult website Pornhub.

It added: “PornHub premium will be available for your account for a period of one year.”

The website remained offline as of Monday evening.

An Angling Direct spokesman told the Norwich Evening News: “Work continues around the clock to bring the websites back online while our 39 retail stores across the UK have remained open and continue to trade.

“As a precaution, the company has notified the relevant regulators and law enforcement agencies, including the Information Commissioner’s office in the UK.”

They added it was “too soon” to determine whether shoppers’ personal details had been compromised, stressing the company does not hold any customer financial data.

“As matters currently stand, the board does not anticipate that this incident will have a detrimental impact on underlying trading and the company will continue to assess any cost exposure that this incident may create,” they added.

“The board will provide a further update as and when appropriate and apologises for any disruption that has been caused to customers by this incident.”

The Evening Standard has reached out to Angling Direct for further comment.

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