WH Smith has been hit by a “cyber security incident” which has resulted in illegal access to some company data, including current and former employee data.
WH Smith, which operates shops on the high street and at airports and railway stations, says it has immediately launched an investigation, engaged specialist support services and notified the relevant authorities.
WH Smith says that its customer accounts and databases are not affected, though.
In a statement, it said: “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.
“There has been no impact on the trading activities of the Group. Our website, customer accounts and underlying customer databases are on separate systems that are unaffected by this incident.”