The British Dental Association is alerting a number of its members after its systems were hacked earlier this week.
The association claims hackers were likely able to access:
- Users’ names
- Contact details
- Transaction histories
- Bank details
- Logs of correspondence
- Notes of cases.
As a result the BDA is informing the Information Commissioner’s Office, contacting those affected and rebuilding its systems.
‘On 30 July our website went down,’ BDA chief executive, Martin Woodrow, said. ‘As we attempted to restore services it became clear hackers had accessed our systems.
‘Owing to sophistication of these criminals we cannot, as yet, confirm the full extent of information the hackers accessed.
‘We are devastated and also apologise unreservedly for this breach.
‘We will keep members updated as the situation develops.’
‘Act with caution’
Following the breach, the BDA is advising members to act with caution. Particularly with emails or phone calls from anyone claiming to be from a bank, utilities provider or even from the BDA.
Additionally, it reminds members that legitimate callers will never ask for card or bank details.
The BDA is working to restore its website, telephone system and internal networks. It is asking members to direct queries to the following: