Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Following Transport Malta’s denial of having to work out the payroll manually, sources at the authority have told this newsroom that they are yet to receive their payslip for the hours worked in October.
Sources explained that Transport Malta told its employees to check their bank account to see their October salary. This led to a situation where the employees had to work out the wages themselves to see how much was deducted in taxes and social security. The source noted that this could not give an accurate picture of the situation since the hours at times varied.
Employees have been informed that the payslip will be sent out once they are available.
A source pointed out that all information which was stored on Transport Malta’s servers had been lost following the cyber-attack, adding that employees could not access past projects.
TM denies working out payroll manually; asks employees for previous month payslips
Transport Malta has denied having to work out the payroll manually in a reply to Newsbook.com.mt when it was asked to confirm or deny whether related data was compromised or even wiped out during a cyber attack it sustained in the recent months.
Opposition MP and shadow spokesperson for justice Jason Azzopardi posted a screenshot of an email in which the employees were informed that the authority had taken all the measures to ensure that the payroll was issued in a timely manner. Transport Malta informed its employees that salaries, allowances and overtime would be paid as usual while 15% in tax would be deducted for all employees.
Transport Malta employees were asked to forward a copy of their September payslip to the authority in order to address the issue of tax deduction in the next payslip. The email which was published by Azzopardi was originally sent by Roberta Cilia, a senior human resource manager at the authority, who explained that the updating of the amounts due was important to ensure that the correct FS3 was issued at the end of the year.
Azzopardi commented that the email showed that the authority did not realize it had been hacked for months.
Transport Malta cited the ongoing magisterial inquiry and did not reply on whether procurement related data was also affected by the cyber attack.
Sources speaking to Newsbook.com.mt have said that data has been wiped out and data systems had been compromised to the extent that the October payroll was being worked out manually. The procurement data was also affected according to the same sources, who have explained that payments were issued without the necessary backing documentation. The sources warned that an audit trail is almost impossible.
In a reply to a parliamentary question Transport Minister Ian Borg said that he was informed on 27 September 2020 about the cyber attack. PN MP Jason Azzopardi also asked who informed the duty magistrate and when was the duty magistrate informed was told that the Transport Authority was never in touch with the inquiring magistrate.