Dixons Carphone Warehouse have announced a possible massive data breach where hackers have attempted to access the details of 5.9 million payment cards. This data breach potentially includes Dixons, Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PC World customers.
The hacking attempt apparently started in July of last year and the company has said that there was an attempt to compromise the details of 5.9 million payment cards. They have revealed that only 105,000 of these cards without chip and pin protection had been leaked.
The company also revealed that records of 1.2 million customers relating to non financial data had been accessed. This information included peoples name and address and more.
Dixons Carphone Chief Executive, Alex Baldock, said:
“We are extremely disappointed and sorry for any upset this may cause. The protection of our data has to be at the heart of our business, and we’ve fallen short here. We’ve taken action to close off this unauthorised access and though we have currently no evidence of fraud as a result of these incidents, we are taking this extremely seriously. We are determined to put this right and are taking steps to do so; we promptly launched an investigation, engaged leading cyber security experts, added extra security measures to our systems and will be communicating directly with those affected. Cyber crime is a continual battle for business today and we are determined to tackle this fast-changing challenge.”
You can find out more details about the data breach for Dixons Carphone Warehouse over at their website at the link below.
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