UK police have arrested a Morrisons employee after payroll data, including the bank details of about 100,000 members of staff, was stolen and published online.
The man was arrested in Leeds – close to the supermarket’s HQ in Bradford – following the theft of the payroll information.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed that a man had been arrested on suspicion of making or supplying an article for use in fraud. The man remains in custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Hooks of West Yorkshire Police said: “An employee of Morrisons has been arrested in Leeds this morning in connection with an investigation into the theft of data from the company.”
The theft was another blow to Morrisons, coming a day after Britain’s fourth biggest supermarket revealed a £176million annual loss and issued a profits warning, causing shares to plummet 12%.
The data theft affected staff from all levels of the organisation, including the board.
Morrisons did not say how many of its 130,000 employees were affected, although reports suggest it could be as many as 100,000.
Morrisons said: “We can confirm there has been no loss of customer data and no colleague will be left financially disadvantaged.”
Morrisons employees took to social media to vent their anger at the company after the publication was revealed.
Many criticised the company for announcing the news on Facebook before all staff had been personally informed.