Angling Direct shuts down website after “cyber security incident”

Angling Direct
Some of Angling Direct’s social media accounts have also been compromised
// Angling Direct website closes after “cyber security incident”
// The specialist retailer detected “unauthorised activity on its network late on Friday”

Angling Direct has reported a “cyber security incident” on its website, which has led to it shutting down its company’s websites.

The specialist retailer detected “unauthorised activity on its network late on Friday”.

Angling Direct has drafted in external cyber security specialists, “investigations are underway to establish what happened”.


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“This unauthorised activity shut down the company’s websites and these remain inactive,” Angling Direct said.

Some of Angling Direct’s social media accounts have also been compromised.

“Work continues round the clock to bring the websites back online,” the retailer said.

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

“We are mindful of our obligations regarding data; it is too soon yet to make any determination around the impact this incident has had on personal data, but we will inform any individuals in line with our regulatory obligations should there be a need to do so.

“Importantly, the company does not hold any customer financial data as our website transactions are handled by third parties.”

Angling Direct said that “as matters currently stand”, it is not expected that there will be a detrimental impact on underlying trading and it will “continue to assess any cost exposure that this incident may create”.

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