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Banijay confirms internal data theft in cyber attack

Banijay is currently investigating the incident with independent specialists.

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MUMBAI: Independent production company Banijay has admitted that internal data was stolen in a cyber attack last week, potential impacting hundreds of current and former employees.

The company said that certain personnel data as well as commercially sensitive information may have been compromised. This follows after the attackers leaked some of the stolen documents online.

As per media reports, the hackers targeted the systems of the Endemol Shine International network and part of the Endemol Shine Group network in Amsterdam. Banijay acquired Endemol Shine for $2.2 billion this summer.

The global group is currently investigating the incident with independent specialists, and to date, has reported the issue to the relevant local authorities in both the Netherlands and the UK – the territories affected by the ransomware attack. It is trying to figure out how its technology was breached, who was affected, and what information has been exposed. It is also following guidance from the information commissioner’s office in the UK.

Banijay Rights CEO Cathy Payne has written to former employees this week, including some who left the Endemol Shine group years ago, to warn them about the incident.

Banijay is continuing to take the appropriate steps to protect its employees, past and present. If it identifies any cases of data being taken or misused, the production house will contact the affected individuals directly.

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