Reports indicate that the management of Sports Direct, a leading retailer of sports goods, has remained silent over a massive data breach in which hackers managed to steal the personal details of more than 30,000 employees towards the end of last year.
Sources indicate that the company suffered a massive data breach back in September 2016, when unidentified hackers managed to gain access to its internal systems and steal personal information of about 30,000 employees of the scandal-ridden company.
It is not yet clear how the hackers managed to pull off the hacking job since details about the hacking have remained scanty.
However, multiple sources indicate that the hackers managed to steal the personal email addresses of the employees of the company.
It has also been reported that the hackers managed to steal other forms of personally identifying information from the systems of the company in the hacking incident.
What is raising concern among the general public is the manner in which the management of the company decided to treat the news about the data breach.
It is believed that the management of the company learnt about the data breach towards the end of last year after one of the hackers left a message on the website of the company, encouraging the management to make contact.
However, once the management learnt of the massive data breach that had occurred on its site, it decided not to inform the employees.
The decision of the management of the company to remain silent about the data breach may be the subject of a new investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
According to a spokesperson of the ICO, the commission is interested in finding out why the company decided to keep quiet with the information yet its employees are the ones who were directly and severely affected by the incident.
‘We shall be making inquiries to find out why the company failed to inform its employees of the hacking incident, ‘a spokesperson of the commission added.
The management of Sports Direct has been arguing that it decided not to inform its employees about the incident since there is no evidence that any data belonging to the employees that were stolen from the site has been shared so far.
Sports Direct has been mired in a number of controversies over the past few years. In one incident, a parliamentary committee report concluded that the employees of the company were working under the most severe conditions.
It remains to be seen how the company will manage the current crisis.