Breach was an inside job
Morrisons supermarket has revealed that one of its employees has been arrested in connection to the stealing of pay roll data of a majority of employees.
According to West Yorkshire police, the person has been arrested and held in custody on suspicion that he could have supplied the data for fraud.
Morrisons reported a major data breach involving theft of its payroll systems including salaries, bank account details and addresses concerning 100,000 staff, from director level downwards, were leaked online.
However, the supermarket was already notified that staff pay data had been copied onto a portable storage device and circulated on the internet as well sent on a compact disc to an undisclosed publication.
The latest disclosure comes after Morrisons was issued a massive profits warning, and comes just hours after its chief executive, Dalton Philips, boasted that latest IT systems would assist in improving the company’s performance.
Morrisons earlier said that initial investigations suggested the theft was not the result of an external penetration of systems.
"We can confirm there has been no loss of customer data and no colleague will be left financially disadvantaged," grocer added.
"We have already informed our colleagues about the theft and we are helping them take the appropriate actions to safeguard their personal data."