Newspaper speculates Foxtons Group data breach

The i newspaper speculated that Foxtons Group has experienced a data breach, with thousands of customers’ personal and financial data leaked on the dark web. The exclusive news for i claims that Foxtons did not take action when they first found out in January that their customers’ data was available on the dark web following a cyberattack a number of months earlier, thought to be in October.

Since the claims, Foxtons have said that only its mortgage broking business, Alexander Hall, has been affected by the breach, but no “sensitive data” was stolen. Foxtons Group has said, “Alexander Hall, Foxtons’ mortgage broking business, was subject to a malware attack in October 2020 that affected a number of other organisations.” It has also reported itself to the Information Commissioner’s Office since the attack.

The i reported that, “an investigation found that more than 16,000 card details, addresses and private correspondence, including details of fees paid, are freely accessible by potential fraudsters. The files have been viewed 15,073 times since being published online three months ago.” The report went on to say that “Foxtons Group was informed by the concerned client that its customers’ card details had been leaked online more than three weeks ago, but failed to inform either potential victims or authorities.”

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