This is more than a little embarrassing for a business that supplies handmade leather goods to the British royal family. Founded in 1880 by brothers Thomas, John and William Loake, the firm has since sold more than 50 million pairs of Goodyear welted shoes in more than 50 countries.
Loake strangely described described the attack as “similar in nature to that which was suffered by the NHS a few months ago” – presumably the WannaCrypt ransomware worm that held systems across the world hostage through encryption.
“The fact that they have likened their data breach to the recent NHS ransomware attack – two completely different events – reduces my confidence in their ability to deal with the situation and it also makes me question their reassurance that my credit card details are safe,” the customer added.
Etienne Greef, managing director of integrator Secure Data, told The Register it was “unlikely” that the breach was similar to the NHS attack as WannaCry does not access email servers, but rather encrypts information.
He said drawing comparisons with the NHS attack implied that Loake was running old, vulnerable versions of an operating system.
Loake Shoes admits: We’ve fallen victim to cybercrims – the Register