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Dixons Carphone admits to data breach

Dixons Carphone is investigating a hacking attempt, which began in July last year after admitting the huge data breach which involves 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records.

Despite the attempt to compromise 5.9 million credit and debit cards, only 105,000 cards without chip-and-pin protection had been leaked.

The attackers attempted to gain access to a processing system at Currys PC world and Dixons Travel stores but the company stated that it has no evidence that and of the cards have been fraudulently used following the beach.

A member of the National Cyber Security Centre stated they were working with Dixons Carphone along with other agencies to understand how the data breach has affected people and advise on mitigation measures.

How serious is it?

This is a very large data breach, and it’s surprising its only been revealed now (Dixons insisted it only discovered the hack a week ago) Luckily the majority of debit and credit cards were protected by chip and pin.

The company are very lucky this incident happened before the GDPR came into force or they would be facing much larger fines.

Dixons Carphone chief executive Alex Baldock said he was “extremely disappointed” by the data breach and “sorry for any upset”,

“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,” he added.

While there’s been no evidence of any cards being fraudulently used, they have stated that they are contacting those affected to advise them,  so if you haven’t heard from Dixons Carphone to warn you, you’re most likely ok!