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Members will recall that on 21 and 22 January 2021, BML’s website experienced a cyber-attack (“the Cyber-Attack”) and that there followed a series of incidents in which members’ personal data was published on the forum area of the website (“the Forum Leaks”). BML’s IT suppliers undertook an investigation into both those incidents and BML subsequently made statements summarising the outcome of that investigation, including its finding that our former Technology Officer, Eugene Hopkinson, had downloaded the membership database to his own server.

We wish to clarify that, on the basis of the evidence currently available to us, there is insufficient evidence to reach the criminal standard of proof that Mr Hopkinson was responsible for either the Cyber-Attack or the Forum Leaks.

The legal action between Mr Hopkinson and BML has now been resolved.