The Duchess of York is one of a group of famous faces who have allegedly had their personal details leaked by Russian hackers on the so-called ‘Dark Web’.
Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, 62, along with Lady Sarah Chatto, 58 – cousin of King Charles – and Sir David Attenborough, 96, have been targeted by a group known as ‘Snatch Team,” The Mail on Sunday (25.09.22) says.
Also on a list of celebrities affected are tennis star Tim Henman, 48, snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, 46, according to the publication.
The Mail on Sunday says hackers hacked into their data when they targeted luxury organic food company Daylesford, a favorite of the rich and powerful and dubbed ‘Britain’s fanciest farm shop’ “.
He added that details were leaked when company bosses refused to pay a large ransom in the form of Bitcoin, as the hack was apparently carried out using ransomware.
Daylesford – which sells £50 honeypots and is owned by Lady Carole Bamford, wife of Tory Party billionaire donor and JCB building owner Lord Bamford – admitted in June last year that it had been hacked but insisted that no personal data had been compromised.
But the Mail on Sunday said that since then hackers have uploaded a “vast cache” of stolen files measuring 80 gigabytes onto the dark web, known as a place of business for criminals in drugs, weapons, child pornography, hacked details and stolen credit card information. .
The publication said Daylesford’s leaked files included purchase orders for his wealthy clients and sensitive corporate data, including staff grievances, confidentiality agreements and banking information.
Philip Ingram, a former British military intelligence colonel, told the Mail on Sunday: “This cyberattack should be a wake-up call for security services and businesses. Daylesford is exactly the kind of company that would be viewed by Russian-based hackers as both a lucrative ransomware opportunity and a potential utility for Kremlin power brokers.
Daylesford, named after the Cotswold village where the Bamford family live, is said to have delivered food to former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but it is understood he is not among the customers whose details have been leaked.
Boris and his wife Carrie held their wedding party at Daylesford House two months ago, which is the Bamford family’s Grade I listed home.
The company, whose other products include £25 cans of loose leaf green tea and £30 bottles of olive oil, has around 800 staff and a turnover of almost £50million a year. year, and was founded after Lady Bamford started giving her children organic products. food.
Russian cybercrime has skyrocketed since President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February, seen as a response to Western sanctions against the nation.