Britain’s largest private pension scheme reveals scale of Capita break-in

Universities Superannuation Scheme, the UK’s largest private pension provider, says Capita has warned that details of almost half a million members were held on servers accessed during the recent breach.

The USS made the disclosure today, saying that it uses Capita technology platform, Hartlink, to manage in-house pension administration processes, and was working closely with the scandal struck Capita since the digital burglary in March.

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“While it has been confirmed that USS member data held on Hartlink has not been compromised, we were informed on Thursday 11 May that regrettably details of USS members were held on the Capita servers accessed by the hackers,” USS said on its website today.

The data potentially accessed includes title, initials and name, date of birth, National Insurance number and US member number. It dates from early 2021 and covers “around 470,000 active, deferred and retired members.”

“While Capita cannot currently confirm if this data was definitively ‘exfiltrated’ (ie, accessed and/or copied) by the hackers, they recommend we work on the assumption it was,” the USS adds in a statement on its website today.

USS says it is waiting for Capita to send over specific data that it will need to check and process. “We will be writing to each of the members affected by this – and, where applicable, their employers – as soon as possible to make them aware, to apologise for any distress or inconvenience caused, and

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