Capita says some pensions data likely stolen in cyber assault

British outsourcing business Capita has disclosed to pension customers that certain data it handled was likely to have been hijacked during a recent cyber attack, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

The firm, which was attacked by a cyber intrusion in March, stated last month that there was no indication of any data being stolen after its internal Microsoft Office 365 apps were disrupted.

A huge team of personnel at Capita had examined the impacted servers and discovered that certain pensions data that Capita manages on behalf of its customers "is likely to have been exfiltrated", the newspaper stated, citing communication addressed to trustees.

"Capita is working closely with specialist advisers and forensic experts in investigating the incident to provide assurance around any potential customer, supplier or colleague data exfiltration," a business representative said in a statement to Reuters.

The British outsourcing business "continues to work through its forensic investigations and inform any customers, suppliers or colleagues that are impacted in a timely manner", the statement said.

Among its customers, the firm offers the British government with services to communicate with residents like handling tax and I.T. services for councils.

The study noted that there was "no evidence" that Capita pensions data was accessible on the dark web and that it had a third-party expert checking on a regular basis.

The investigations are anticipated to be concluded by the end of next week or soon afterwards, the report stated.