BDA hacked on Thursday

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BDA servers illegally accessed this week

The British Dental Association has alerted members and stakeholders that its servers were illegally accessed this week.

While it is working tirelessly to restore services and establish the full scale of the breach, the Association has concluded hackers have likely secured access to users’ names, contact details, transaction histories, bank details, logs of correspondence and notes of cases.

While the BDA does not store card details it does hold account numbers and sort codes to collect direct debit payments.

It has advised members to exercise caution, particularly with emails or phone calls from anyone claiming to be from a bank, utilities provider or even from the BDA. Legitimate callers will not ask for card or bank details.

BDA Chief Executive Martin Woodrow said: “On 30th July our website went down. As we attempted to restore services it became clear hackers had accessed our systems.

“Owing to sophistication of these criminals we cannot, as yet, confirm the full extent of information that has been accessed.

“We are devastated and apologise unreservedly for this breach. We have informed the Information Commissioner’s Office, are contacting any individuals we think may be affected, and are working around the clock to restore and rebuild our systems.

“We will keep members updated as the situation develops.”

While the BDA works to restore its website, telephone system and internal networks any queries should be directed to the following:

• Data protection officer: Mona Meleka This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Indemnity policyholders: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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