Norfolk fishing firm's website sends shoppers to adult sites after hack

Angling Direct on Aylsham Road.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2017

Angling Direct based in Rackheath, Norfolk, confirmed it is dealing with a cybersecurity breach after its website was redirecting users to adult websites. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A Norfolk fishing shop's website redirected would-be shoppers to adult sites after the firm was hacked.

Bosses at Rackheath-based Angling Direct have moved quickly to deal with a cybersecurity breach after unauthorised activity was discovered on the firm's network late on Friday, November 5.

This activity caused the company's website to shut down, while the company's social media accounts were also compromised.

Following the incident, Angling Direct has appointed external cybersecurity specialists to investigate the cause of the interference.

An Angling Direct spokesman said: "Work continues around the clock to bring the websites back online while our 39 retail stores across the UK have remained open and continue to trade.

"As a precaution, the company has notified the relevant regulators and law enforcement agencies, including the Information Commissioner's office in the UK.

"We are mindful of our obligations regarding data. It is too soon yet to make any determination around the impact this incident has had on personal data, but we will inform any individuals in line with our regulatory obligations should there be a need to do so.

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"Importantly, the company does not hold any customer financial data as our website transactions are handled by third parties.

"As matters currently stand, the board does not anticipate that this incident will have a detrimental impact on underlying trading and the company will continue to assess any cost exposure that this incident may create.

"The board will provide a further update as and when appropriate and apologises for any disruption that has been caused to customers by this incident."