The manufacturer of networking and cable products Belden disclosed a data breach, the company revealed that attackers gained “unauthorized access and copying of some current and former employee data, as well as limited company information regarding some business partners.”
“Belden was the target of a sophisticated attack by a party outside the company that accessed servers that contained personal information of some current and former Belden employees, as well as limited company information regarding some of our business partners.” reads a statement published by the company.
“Our IT professionals were able to detect the unusual activity and believe we have stopped further unauthorized access of personal data on our servers.”
The IT staff detected a suspicious activity on its infrastructure and with the help of a third-party forensic experts determined it was the victim of a “sophisticated attack.”
The company said the breach did not impact operations at manufacturing plants, quality control or shipping, it added that attackers only had access to a “limited number” of company servers.
The company announced it has lockout the threat from its network, but it is still investigating the incident.
Belden notified the impacted employees and offered them free monitoring and support services.
“Personal information accessed and stolen may have contained such information as names, birthdates, government-issued identification numbers (for example, social security / national insurance), bank account information of North American employees on Belden payroll, home addresses, email addresses and other general employment-related information. Limited company information accessed and stolen related to some of our business partners include bank account data and, for U.S. partners, their taxpayer ID numbers.” continues the statement.
“We are notifying all affected employees and business partners and are taking steps to provide individuals with free monitoring and support services, where available. We have also notified appropriate regulatory and law enforcement authorities who are assisting with the investigation. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this situation may cause all impacted individuals.”
The firm is also notifying affected business partners.
“Safety is always paramount at Belden and we take threats to the privacy of personal and company information very seriously,” stated Roel Vestjens, president and CEO of Belden. “We regret any complications or inconvenience this incident may have caused and are offering assistance to those individuals who may have been impacted.”
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(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Belden)