The biggest car parts chain in the UK is under fire after it was targeted by a sophisticated attack that stole data and emails of tens of thousands of customers.
The cyberattack on UK car parts company Brooks AutoParts on Monday, which also took place at a major chain in Sweden, left a large number of customers’ details exposed online.
It is understood that over 40,000 customers’ information was stolen from Brooks’s systems.
At least 100 customers who had purchased from BrookS auto parts are still waiting to be reimbursed for their losses, according to a statement from Brookseys.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our customers’ personal information, and will be working with the relevant authorities to assist affected customers, including providing refunds to affected customers,” Brooks said in a statement.
In the Swedish case, the cyberattack appeared to be targeted at a group of individuals with connections to the country’s largest bank.
Police in Stockholm have arrested three people and have started investigating the incident, according the Swedish news agency TT.
According to a police report, Brooks had “recently received” a request from a customer of the UK firm to remove information and emails that had been provided by a customer’s account with the company, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Brooks has previously confirmed that a cyber attack was launched on its systems on January 19 and that its customers had lost their data.
Brooks has also released a statement saying it was “aware of a hack and is investigating it.”
We take cyber attacks seriously and we will provide customers with the best support possible, Brookseies said in the statement.