Millions of Carphone Warehouse customers’ personal data may have been accessed by cyber attackers, and the data accessed is thought to have included names, addresses, dates of birth and bank details, with around 90,000 encrypted credit card numbers also stolen.
Security experts are urging customers affected by the breach to change passwords as soon as possible. Shares in Dixons Carphone, the parent company of Carphone Warehouse, fell 1.7% when the breach was announced, whilst a spokesman from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) stated: “We have been made aware of an incident at Carphone Warehouse and are making enquiries”.
This spells out bad news for Dixons Carphone, formed by a merger of Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse a year ago. The ICO are known for giving large data fines to organisations affected by data breaches; fining Sony £250,000 after the PlayStation Network was hacked in 2013 and handing a £175,000 fine this February to holiday insurance company Staysure.co.uk after failed IT security systems allowed hackers to access company records.
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