WH Smith states staff member information was unlawfully accessed in cyber occurrence

WH Smith says employee data was illegally accessed in cyber incident

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A pedestrian utilizes a mobile handset as he passes the entryway to a WH Smith Plc shop in London, U.K., on Wednesday, April 10,2013 WH Smith Plc, the book and publication merchant with more than 1,100 U.K. outlets, is set up to reveal revenues on April11 Photographer:

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British merchant WH Smith on Thursday stated it was examining a cyber security occurrence that caused prohibited access to some business information, consisting of that of existing and previous staff members.

The business, whose stores are a typical sight at UK airports and train stations, stated its site, consumer accounts and underlying consumer databases are on different systems and were not impacted.

“WH Smith takes the issue of cyber security extremely seriously and investigations into the incident are ongoing. We are notifying all affected colleagues and have put measures in place to support them,” the merchant stated in a declaration.

The occurrence did not affect its trading activities either.

WH Smith will report its outcomes for the half-year duration to the end of February on April 20.

The U.K. Royal Mail service and British sports and style merchant JD Sports likewise suffered interruptions as an outcome of cyber attacks because the start of the year.

CNBC’s Ruxandra Iordache added to this report