All Santander staff and 30 million customers hacked with bank data stolen

ALL Santander staff and 30 million have been hacked. Hackers are attempting to sell what they say is confidential information belonging to millions of Santander staff and customers, it has been reported on Friday.

The bank - which employs 200,000 people worldwide, including around 20,000 in the UK - has confirmed data has been stolen. Santander has apologised for what it says is "the concern this will understandably cause" adding it is "proactively contacting affected customers and employees directly."

"Following an investigation, we have now confirmed that certain information relating to customers of Santander Chile, Spain and Uruguay, as well as all current and some former Santander employees of the group had been accessed," it said in a statement posted earlier this month, external.

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"No transactional data, nor any credentials that would allow transactions to take place on accounts are contained in the database, including online banking details and passwords." It said its banking systems were unaffected so customers could continue to "transact securely."

Tthe group calling themselves ShinyHunters posted an advert on the dark web reportedly saying they had data including 30 million people’s bank account details, 6 million account numbers and balances, 28 million credit card numbers and HR information for staff.

The hacking group has previously sold data confirmed to have been stolen from US telecoms firm AT&T. The gang is also selling what it says is a huge amount of private data from Ticketmaster. However, experts have said the claims should be treated with caution.

This is because the group's hacking forum has recently been taken down by police, and the Ticketmaster hack, is believed to have been a publicity stunt to draw attention to their new one. In response to the group's claims about its customer base and workforce, Santander has not commented on the accuracy.