Dixons Carphone Data Breach Exposes 5.9 Million Payment Cards

According to a statement made by the company, European electronics giant Dixons Carphone has suffered a serious data breach, or what it appears to be, two separate data breaches.

Dixons Carphone Official Statement on the Data Breach

As part of a review of our systems and data, we have determined that there has been unauthorised access to certain data held by the company. We promptly launched an investigation, engaged leading cyber security experts and added extra security measures to our systems. We have taken action to close off this access and have no evidence it is continuing.

The company says that there is no evidence to date of any fraudulent use of the data as result of the described incidents. The relevant authorities including the ICO, FCA and the police, have also been informed, the statement reads.

The multinational retailer owns and operates a number of famous brands and services in Europe, such as PC World, Carphone Warehouse, Currys, and Dixons Travel. Judging by their statement, in July 2017 there has been an attempt to compromise 5.9 million cards in one of the processing systems of Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores. The investigation also unveiled that 1.2 million records containing non-financial personal details like name, address or email address have also been compromised. Even though the company says they were quick to launch an investigation, the data breaches are more than vexing.

The company also says that, out of the 5.9 million cards, 5.8 million have chip and pin protection in place. This means that the data accessed in respect of these cards contains neither pin codes, card verification values (CVV) nor any authentication data enabling cardholder identification or a purchase to be made. This (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from How to, Technology and PC Security Forum authored by Milena Dimitrova. Read the original post at: https://sensorstechforum.com/dixons-carphone-breach-5-9-million-cards/