The hacked company at the heart of the Met data breach obtained BBC employee details to print ID cards

The hacked company at the heart of the Met data breach also printed badges for the BBC.

The broadcaster has submitted employee details to the Digital ID and is being kept up to date by the National Crime Agency as it investigates the hack.

The digital badge was sent to staff by the BBC


The digital badge was sent to staff by the BBCPhoto credit: Getty

The supplier has been used by the Met Police to produce search cards and passports – and there are fears the officers’ addresses are now in the hands of hackers, The Sun revealed on Sunday.

The BBC said: “We always take safety seriously.

“This company has printed name badges for the BBC but does not store any personal data beyond what is necessary to print a name badge.

“We are in contact and continue to monitor the situation.”

The hackers are believed to be foreign extortionists after a ransom note was sent to the boss of Digital ID from a server abroad.

Staff at the Stockport-based company worked from home last week while systems were updated.

ITV, Mitie, Canary Wharf and Royal Mail have bought blank cards from Digital ID but load the data internally so they are not subject to infraction.

Digital ID said: “We recently identified an IT security incident that compromised our systems.

“We have enlisted the support of specialized external cyber and forensic consultants who are currently conducting an investigation to assess the potential impact.”

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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