Belden, the manufacturer of specialty networking solutions, has disclosed a security incident, which resulted in theft of some of its current and former employee data, as well as limited company information regarding some business partners.
The company said it was a target of a sophisticated cyber attack, in which a threat actor compromised a limited number of Belden’s file servers and gained unauthorized access to the company’s data.
“Belden IT professionals recently detected unusual activity involving certain company servers. The company immediately activated its cybersecurity incident response plan, deployed teams of internal IT specialists, and engaged leading third-party cybersecurity forensic experts and other advisors to identify and mitigate the impact of this incident.
While the investigation continues, the company believes that it has stopped further unauthorized access of personal and business partner company data on its servers. Belden is currently working with regulatory and law enforcement officials to investigate the matter. Outside legal counsel has also been engaged to help the Company notify appropriate regulatory authorities around the world,” the company said in a statement.
The stolen information, according to Belden, may have contained names, birthdates, government-issued identification numbers (for example, social security / national insurance), bank account information of North American employees, home addresses, email addresses and other general employment-related information. Hackers have also gained access to “limited company information” related to some of the company’s business partners, including “bank account data and, for U.S. partners, their taxpayer ID numbers.”
Belden said it is contacting individuals and business partners who may have been impacted by the data breach.