Dixons Carphone Breach Hits 5.9 Million Cards

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European electronics and telecoms retailer Dixons Carphone has revealed a hack of its systems in which the intruder/s attempted to compromise 5.9 million payment cards.

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

The group said it had also found that 1.2 million records containing non-financial personal data, such as names, addresses or email addresses, had been accessed.

"We've taken action to close off this unauthorised access and though we have now no evidence of fraud as a result of these incidents, we are taking this extremely seriously".

Again, the company said there was no evidence that the information had left its systems, and it is in the process of contacting those whose personal data was accessed to apologise and give them guidance on any protective steps they should take.

Most of the cards are protected by chip and pin protection, but 105,000 non-EU cards are at even higher risk of fraud.

Dixons Carphone chief exec Alex Baldock apologised to customers for the inconvenience, adding (as is standard in post-breach statements) that the company takes security seriously.

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"We've taken action to close off this unauthorised access and though we have now no evidence of fraud as a result of these incidents, we are taking this extremely seriously".

Dixons Carphone said it had called in cyber experts and added extra security to its systems following the breach, while also since calling in the police and relevant authorities.

"While Dixons has said that there is no evidence of fraud taking place, now the data is in the criminal sphere, it's unlikely to be long before it starts being shopped around amongst criminals, with ensuing phishing and bruteforce attacks launched".

It said the data accessed did not contain Pin codes, card verification values (CVV) or any authentication data allowing cardholder identification or a purchase to be made.

Things haven't been looking too great for Dixons Carphone.

The UK Information Commissioner's Office said it was aware of the data breach. As of now, there are no known cases of any fraudulent use of the compromised data, the company claims.

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