Dixons Carphone reveals hack of 5.9 mln payment cards breach attempt

Wednesday 13 June 2018 10:49 CET | News

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

 he company discovered the data breach after a review of its systems and data. According to the company, the vast majority of the cards (5.8M) were protected by chip-and-PIN technology and it says 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”.

However, around 105,000 of the accessed cards were non-EU issued, and lacked chip-and-PIN, and it says those cards have been compromised. In addition to payment cards, the cybercriminals also accessed 1.2 million records containing non-financial personal data — such as name, address or email address.

The company does not reveal when its systems were compromised, nor exactly when it discovered the intrusion and how long it took to launch an investigation.

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Keywords: Dixons Carphone, payment data, cybercrime, data breach
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