Currys PC World admits massive data breach involving millions of cards and personal records

Dixons Carphone has admitted that millions of bits of data have been compromised in a cyber attack on the company. 

More than 5.9 million card records used in Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores have been accessed.

Most of these – some 5.8 million – are UK or EU issued cards and have chip and pin protection. PINs have obviously not been disclosed as these are not kept with a card record. Dixons Carphone says that “The data accessed…contains neither pin codes, card verification values (CVV) nor any authentication data” so it would be difficult to make a purchase with this card info. 

However, we’d surmise from that statement that card numbers and expiry dates are known to the perpetrators. 

However, 105,000 cards from non-EU countries have also been compromised and these do not have chip and pin protection. Dixons Carphone says it has no evidence of any fraud having taken place as a result of the breach but it must be said that it would be easier to use this data to make…

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