A prestigious golf club in Surrey recently fell prey to a cyberattack in which hackers reportedly accessed the personal data of 4,000 members. Victims were notified of the Wentworth Golf Club hack on 15th January in an email sent from Neil Coulson, who is understood to be the general manager at the Club.
We have already taken a number of cases on and we are offering to represent people affected on a No Win, No Fee basis.
While the club may have assured members that there is not a significant risk to victims, the data exposure could be sufficient enough to leave affected members vulnerable and distressed. If you were affected and you wish to claim compensation, please do not hesitate to contact us now.
What happened in the Wentworth Golf Club hack?
It was the suspicious content of an email newsletter that first alerted the club and its members to the possibility of a cybersecurity breach. The email in question was reportedly titled “Your files are encrypted” and is understood to have contained a link to a Bitcoin website.
When members raised their concerns, the club confirmed that they were investigating the incident accordingly.
It has since been revealed that a file containing customer information was downloaded following a breach of Clubhouse Online, the member login system that the golf club uses. The external provider, known as Jonas Systems, is understood to supply this system to Wentworth, and confirmed that the file had been obtained by a third-party. It was revealed that it contained names, gender details, home addresses, landline phone numbers, email addresses, and dates of birth.
Potential consequences for the victims
The Wentworth Golf Club hack has reportedly been labelled “low risk” by club management, who asserted that the data should not allow any unauthorised third parties to access private club accounts.
However, even without this access and without bank or card details, the customers affected can, unfortunately, still be at risk of scams and fraud attempts. Many hackers or fraudsters make use of phone numbers and email addresses to target data breach victims with fraudulent contact, often asking them to hand over financial details under the guise of a reputable company or organisation.
Moreover, the victims of the Wentworth Golf Club hack may be enduring significant stress and anxiety, anticipating this fraudulent contact and being worried about falling prey to the tricks of cybercriminals. We know that this is the cases given the number of people we have taken claims forward for already. The affected club members must remain alert to potential scams.
Making a data breach compensation claim
Victims of the Wentworth Golf Club hack may be eligible to make a compensation claim if the club is found to be liable for the cyberattack. For instance, if the club did not have sufficient cybersecurity measures in place, it may be that the hackers were able to exploit this vulnerability, so the blame could lie with the club itself.
We are here to help anyone who has suffered distress, fraud attempts or financial losses as a result of the data leak. We encourage affected members to come forward for free, no-obligation legal advice, and you can still claim for just any distress suffered alone.
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First published by Ella p on March 12, 2021
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