Dixons Carphone discovers unauthorised data access

Share
Dixons Carphone discovers unauthorised data access

Millions of Dixons Carphone customers have had their financial and personal data illegally accessed after a major breach at the United Kingdom company.

The major data breach involved shoppers at Currys PC World and Dixons Travel but bosses insist there is no sign of any related fraud.

It added that its investigation also found hackers had accessed non-financial personal data like names, addresses or email details for more than one million customer records.

The company said relevant card companies had been notified but that there was no evidence of fraud on the cards as a result of the incident.

Carphone Warehouse said it had no evidence that the information had left its systems or resulted in any fraud, but it was contacting those affected to advise them.

The group said that, while 5.8 million of the payment cards targeted were protected by chip and pin, around 105,000 non-EU cards without chip and pin protection were compromised.

Chief executive Alex Baldock admitted the group had "fallen short" of its responsibility to protect customer data.

"We have taken action to close off this access and have no evidence it is continuing", the company said.

"The fact this only came to light now thanks to a review of the company's systems and data and actually occurred in 2017 is also cause for some concern", he said.

He said: "Today's breach of Dixons data will have far reaching consequences for some time".

It said 5.8 million of these cards had chip and pin protection and the data accessed contained neither pin codes, card verification values nor any authentication data that would enable cardholder identification or purchases to be made.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the Financial Conduct Authority and law enforcement have all been informed about the attack. We promptly launched an investigation, engaged leading cyber security experts and added extra security measures to our systems.

Dixons says it doesn't believe that the attackers have anything like the amount of data required to use the cards fraudulently.

"The NCSC website offers advice to organisations about ensuring their online security is as robust as possible, including guidance on protecting bulk personal data from cyber attack", they added.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Kumaraswamy rejects Modi’s fitness challenge
JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy took oath as Karnataka's 24th Chief Minister on May 23, 2018. He also added that yoga and using the treadmill are already a part of his daily routine.

PM: G7 was "difficult" as Trump pushes back over Russian Federation and tariffs
Heyman waged a campaign on Twitter to persuade Navarro to apologize by saying he was contacting US politicians about his remarks.

Trump targets this SC candidate with a primary day tweet
In defense of his stance on Trump, Sanford has said he criticizes anyone regardless of party if they deserve it. The two primaries were sleepy Tuesday, but will be among the nation's most important battlegrounds in November.

Wonder Woman 1984 First Look: Steve Trevor Is Alive?!
But according to a tweet that Jenkins sent out this morning.Trevor looks to be fine - albeit as confused as we are - in 1984. The " Wonder Woman " sequel is officially titled " Wonder Woman 1984 ", a nod to the film's new period setting.

Canadian parliament condemns Trump attacks on Trudeau
Navarro's willingness to walk back his outburst marked a departure from the Trump administration's never-say-you're-sorry approach to political crises.

Same-sex couple accuse Uber driver of kicking them out for kissing
As they were crossing the Manhattan bridge, Iovine said the couple leaned over to share a quick kiss. "She thought he was joking". She said they were in lower Manhattan when the driver pulled over, opened a rear door and ordered them to "get out of my auto ".

New Delhi wants North Korea-Pakistan nuclear axis addressed
Asked about the issue after the meeting , President Trump said he'd been lobbied about the issue even as a presidential candidate. You know when you think-Dennis was a great rebounder and he wasn't, relatively speaking, that tall", Trump said.

Congress Moving To Block Trump Deal With ZTE Over Iran Sanctions Violations
Meanwhile, there's no guarantee USA lawmakers won't come back with further sanctions. Trump's ZTE deal that would save the company may not happen after all.

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup
The key number is 104 but there is also the freakish and unprecedented scenario where both bids get rejected. Instead of three automatic places in the tournament, six will be given by that time.

Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests 2 Nigerians in U.S. over cyber-fraud
The same groups also ran similar scams targeting individuals, including real-estate buyers and the elderly, the bureau said. The fraudsters convinced people to transfer money by hijacking email addresses and impersonating business partners.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.