Breach, Threat Management, Data Security

Morrisons staffer arrested for stealing payroll data on 100K employees

A Morrisons employee was arrested in Leeds and remains in custody, just days after the UK supermarket chain announced it suspected an insider took payroll data on about 100,000 employees and leaked it online and to a local newspaper, Mail Online reported on Monday.

The man was arrested on suspicion of making or supplying an article for use in fraud, according to the report.

“An employee of Morrisons has been arrested in Leeds this morning in connection with an investigation into the theft of data from the company,” Detective Chief Inspector Gary Hooks, of West Yorkshire Police, was quoted as saying.

The leaked information included names, addresses and bank account details. The data was sent from a “concerned Morrisons shopper” to the Telegraph & Argus, a Bradford-based newspaper.

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