A disgruntled employee is suspected of hacking a global networking consultancy's computer systems and then emailing staff with confidential information about forthcoming restructuring plans.

New York-based networking consultancy ThruPoint, which partners with Cisco and KPMG spin-off BearingPoint, confirmed it is conducting an investigation after the embarrassing incident.

The confidential document, which has been seen by silicon.com, refers to major restructuring at the company's European offices and contains individual employee names along with management comments.

Affected staff and offices are due to be notified of the details later this week.

A UK website for ex-employees of the company has also run into legal trouble after people published details of the document on the site's forum. The site's administrator took down the details but has since been served a court order by the company threatening legal action if any confidential information is revealed.

A ThruPoint spokeswoman confirmed to silicon.com that the company is still looking into the incident.

She said: "We believe a disgruntled employee gained unauthorised access to an internal server in order to obtain proprietary company information. We are currently in the process of investigating what we believe to be an isolated incident."

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