Personal data of celebrities together with Jeremy Clarkson, the Duchess of York, and Sir David Attenborough is leaked on the darkish net after Russian ransomware attack on luxury organic farm store
- Russian criminals have hacked into database of luxury meals agency Daylesford
- Leak got here after society agency refused hackers’ demand for giant ransom cost
- Experts warn the hack is ‘a wake-up call’ as concern about cyber assaults grows
- Duchess of York, Jeremy Clarkson and Sir David Attenborough’s particulars leaked
The private particulars of the Duchess of York, Jeremy Clarkson and Sir David Attenborough have been leaked by Russian criminals who hacked into the database of luxury meals agency Daylesford, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The King’s cousin Lady Sarah Chatto, Tim Henman and snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan are among the many different superstar clients whose particulars have been posted on the so-called darkish net – a hidden half of the web utilized by criminals.
Experts warned the hack was ‘a wake-up call’ amid rising concern about Kremlin cyber assaults on Britain.
The private particulars of the Duchess of York, Jeremy Clarkson and Sir David Attenborough have been leaked by Russian criminals who hacked into the database of luxury meals agency Daylesford
Daylesford Organic is owned by Lady Carole Bamford (left), spouse of Tory billionaire donor and JCB development proprietor Lord Bamford (proper), and is known as after the Cotswolds village the place they reside
Jeremy Clarkson and Sir David Attenborough are amongst these whose particulars have been leaked by Russian hackers
The leak got here after the society agency refused the hackers’ demand for a hefty ransom cost within the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.
After the failed blackmail try, the gang – referred to as ‘Snatch Team’ – posted private particulars and courier supply notes exhibiting the house addresses of clients.
Daylesford Organic is owned by Lady Carole Bamford, spouse of Tory billionaire donor and JCB development proprietor Lord Bamford, and named after the Cotswolds village the place they reside.
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is a consumer of the high-end Cotswolds farm store Daylesford
Snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan is among the many different superstar clients whose particulars have been posted on the so-called darkish net
The agency is reported to have delivered meals to Boris Johnson throughout lockdown, however the former PM will not be among the many clients whose particulars have been leaked.
Daylesford introduced it had been hacked in June 2021, however mentioned no private data had been compromised.
But since then the hackers have uploaded an unlimited cache of stolen recordsdata measuring an unlimited 80 gigabytes to the darkish net.
Among the leaked Daylesford recordsdata are order sheets for rich clients, receipts for purchases by Lord and Lady Bamford and delicate data together with workers grievances, confidentiality agreements, and banking data.
As nicely as a farm store on the Gloucestershire property of the Bamfords – Daylesford House – the agency additionally has 4 outlets in London and a web-based retailer.
Stars attracted by £50 honey
Dubbed ‘Britain’s poshest farm store’, Daylesford was based in 2002 by Lady Bamford on her nation property within the Cotswolds.
It gives ‘award-winning fresh produce, artisan ingredients, high-welfare meat and essential larder items from our organic farm… delivered to your door’, together with a ‘limited edition’ 800g jar of honey for £50, a £25 field of loose-leaf inexperienced tea and a 500ml bottle of olive oil for £30.
Two months in the past, ex-PM Boris Johnson and spouse Carrie held their marriage ceremony get together at Daylesford House, the Bamfords’ Grade I listed house.
The agency, which has virtually 800 workers and a turnover of practically £50 million a 12 months, was based after Lady Bamford started giving her kids organic meals.
Daylseford gives ‘award-winning contemporary produce and important larder gadgets’ together with manuka honey – the jar pictured retails for £29.99
Experts mentioned hackers most likely used a pc virus referred to as ransomware hidden in an e-mail attachment to get into the agency’s laptop techniques. Snatch Team all seem like Russian audio system, in keeping with a 2019 report by the safety agency Sophos. They hacked McDonald’s on February 24 this 12 months – the day Russia invaded Ukraine.
Last evening, Philip Ingram, a former colonel in British navy intelligence, mentioned: ‘This cyber attack should be a wake-up call for the security services and businesses. Daylesford is exactly the kind of company that would be viewed by Russia-based hackers as both a lucrative ransomware opportunity and of potential use to power brokers in the Kremlin.’
Analysts warn that international cyber assaults have elevated by 32 per cent previously 12 months. Security agency Acronis mentioned ransomware assaults have been the largest menace to companies and governments, and warned that damages might exceed £26 billion by the tip of the 12 months. Firms face tens of millions of makes an attempt on their laptop techniques each day.
UK intelligence companies have warned of elevated threat from Russian hackers as a result of battle in Ukraine. The National Cyber Security Centre mentioned the ‘cyber threat to the UK remains heightened’.
The Information Commissioner’s Office mentioned: ‘Daylesford Organic made us aware of an incident. After reviewing the information, we gave data protection advice and closed the case.’ Daylesford didn’t reply to a request for remark.