As reported by the BBC, dentists’ bank account numbers and correspondence with a trade body are feared to have been stolen by hackers. The British Dental Association has told its members that it is still not sure exactly what was accessed in a breach on 30 July.
A spokeswoman told the BBC it was possible that information about patients was exposed, but was vague about the potential context. The BDA’s website has been offline since the attack. It has urged members to be cautious of any correspondence claiming to be from a bank following the incident. The organisation is contacting those it thinks had data compromised.
It doesn’t seem a week goes by without it being necessary to remind people to be vigilant against this recent influx of hacks. However, it remains more important than ever to be cautious.
It appears a large spread of personal data has been taken, so it is essential to remain on the lookout for any communication requesting further details which may add pieces to the identity theft jigsaw.
Although the BDA has been magnanimous in making those affected aware of the breach quickly and reporting themselves to the ICO, the problems are far from over.