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Cyberattack on Carphone Warehouse leaves 2.4 million customers personal data exposed

The personal data of up to 2.4 million customers of British mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse may have been stolen as a result of a massive cyberattack, the company said, issuing apologies for the incident.

According to a statement published on Saturday by parent company, Dixons Carphone, the names, addresses, dates of birth and bank information may have fallen into hackers’ hands following a “sophisticated cyber-attack.”

The attack on a Carphone Warehouse division, operating the websites, and and providing services to iD Mobile, TalkTalk Mobile, Talk Mobile, allegedly took place on August 5.

“We took immediate action to secure these systems and launched an investigation with a leading cyber security firm to determine exactly what data was affected. We have also put in place additional security measures to prevent further attacks,”said the report.

Carphone Warehouse warned that the encrypted credit card information of up to 90,000 customers may have also been stolen.

The mobile retailer keeps those whose personal data may have been affected up-to-date, contacting them and giving instructions on how to mitigate the risk of further consequences.



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