UK confirms Ministry of Defence payroll data exposed in data breach

The UK Government confirmed today that a threat actor recently breached the country’s Ministry of Defence and gained access to part of the Armed Forces payment network.

The attacked system contained personal data belonging to active and reserve personnel as well as some recently retired veterans.

In a statement to the House of Commons today, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said that the Ministry of Defence identified the intrusion “In recent days.”

The UK defense secretary clarified that the hackers targeted an external system managed by a contractor that was “Completely separate” from MoD’s core network, and had no connection to the “Main military HR system.”

Currently, there are no indications that the hacker stole any data but the affected service personnel has been informed of the risk through the chain of command.

Veterans who may have been impacted by the breach will receive letter notifications about the incident and the data exposed.

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