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Stor-A-File cyberattack: information dumped on the dark web

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It has been reported that the recent Stor-A-File cyberattack resulted in hackers demanding a ransom of three million pounds in Bitcoin which has reportedly been rejected, leading to data being exposed online.

Last week, we covered the issues facing the Lister Fertility Clinic who are understood to have written to some 1,700 patients over medical records that Stor-A-File had been providing scanning services for. With potentially sensitive medical information at stake, it had been feared that patients of the clinic could be vulnerable to their private and sensitive medical information being compromised.

Now, it has been reported that the worst looks to have happened and that private and sensitive data stolen in the attack has now been put onto the dark web.

Developments in the Stor-A-File cyberattack

According to the Daily Mail, the latest developments in the Stor-A-File cyberattack have resulted in tens of thousands of files being dumped onto the dark web. After a ransom of £3m in Bitcoin was reportedly rejected, it appears that hackers have made good on their threat and information has now been exposed online.

When we reported on the story last week, and the impact in terms of the Lister Fertility Clinic, it had been suggested that some 13 organisations using the services of Stor-A-File could be impacted. According to the latest developments in the media, clients of the company include GP surgeries, NHS Hospital Trusts, councils, accountants, and even law firms. With the hackers’ ransom of £3m in Bitcoin rejected, it appears that information affected by the data breach has now ended up on the dark web.

The Daily Mail has reported that data exposed in the breach includes abortion clinics run by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and Marie Stopes. Details on the dark web are said to include personal and contact details, as well as personal and sensitive medical data such as scans and details of serious conditions and addictions. It is also being reported that exposed information may include information that belongs to serving military personnel.

It is understood that organisations affected by the data dump are/have been contacting victims about the issues over their personal information being exposed.

Lister Fertility Clinic data issues

Last week, we covered the issue of the Lister Fertility Clinic data breach as one of the organisations that has had to contact patients about their personal information getting caught up in the Stor-A-File cyberattack. The fears were that personal and sensitive medical information could end up in the hands of criminals, and it seems that this has now happened.

Any medical data breach is usually severe given the nature of the personal and sensitive information that can be exposed. This is why data breach compensation amounts and pay-outs are typically high in these kinds of claims, and it is essential that victims of such a data breach can access the legal help that they may require. This is why we are able to offer No Win, No Fee legal representation for eligible clients now.

Claim compensation as a victim of the cyberattack

If you have received notification that your personal information has been affected by the Stor-A-File cyberattack, you could be entitled to pursue a claim for data breach compensation. Your Lawyers is a leading firm of Data Leak Lawyers representing thousands of clients for privacy cases having recovered over £1m in data claims to date so far.

We are now taking forward No Win, No Fee legal cases. You can speak to the team for free, no-obligation advice here now.

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