An investigation has been opened into the data breach at Fastway Couriers, during which hackers stole the personal details of thousands of Irish online shoppers. The company has confirmed that the names, addresses, email accounts and phone numbers of 446,143 customers have been accessed. Fortunately, no financial information or other personal data was accessed or stolen. The breach occurred on the 24th of February during a server maintenance. It was fixed by 9 AM the following day. The company, however, was not informed about the breach until the 2nd of March.
The CEO of Fastway, Danny Hughes, said in a statement: “It is distressing that our IT system was compromised by a malicious attack as we are exceptionally careful in every aspect of our data protection obligations.I deeply regret that people’s personal data has been compromised and I apologise to our clients and their customers. I want to stress that nobody’s financial data was at risk and the issue is limited to delivery information only. We will continue to work closely with the Data Protection Commission, the Gardaí and our clients to mange this situation in line with best practice.”