Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Huge data breach at UK tech retailer.

A major UK retailer has admitted a data breach involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records.

Dixons Carphone (DSITF) said Wednesday that it had discovered an attempt to compromise card processing systems at its Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores.

The company confirmed that card firms have been notified. It said that while its investigation is ongoing, no evidence of fraudulent data use has been found.

"We are extremely disappointed 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," CEO Alex Baldock said in a statement.

The retailer added that 5.8 million of the compromised cards are protected by chip and pin number combinations. But around 105,000 of them were issued outside the European Union and do not have the same protections.

Full story at CNN.

By Mary McDougall.

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