After a relatively quiet few months, data theft is back in the news. Retail giant Dixons Carphone has admitted that it had a huge data breach that took place last year involving 10 million of its customers, up from the original estimate of just over one million. Will the Dixons Carphone hack affect you?

Dixons Carphone Hack – Should you be worried?

The company, which operates as Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World, has been investigating the hack since June. Personal information, including names, addresses and email addresses may have been accessed by the hackers, but bank details were not taken and so far there are no reports of fraud linked to the information theft. The hackers accessed to records of 6 million stored payment cards, but most were protected by chip and pin.

Dixons has been working with cybersecurity experts and has increased its security measures. The National Crime Agency is investigating the breach, along with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Dixons Carphone hack

An ICO spokesperson said: “Our investigation into the incident is ongoing and we will take the time to assess this new information. We expect the company to alert all those affected in the UK and to take all steps necessary to reduce any potential harm.”

Dixons Carphone chief executive Alex Baldock said: “Since our data security review uncovered last year’s breach, we’ve been working around the clock to put it right. As a precaution, we’re now also contacting all our customers to apologise and advise on the steps they can take to protect themselves.”

No Business is Safe from Hackers

How would your company cope if hackers accessed your company’s customer data? Even if your business is far smaller than Dixons Carphone and located in Hull, East Yorkshire or Lincolnshire doesn’t mean your data is safe from theft. If hackers steal your data it can affect your reputation, and you risk a fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office under the new GDPR rules.

Digitalquill – Experts in IT Security

At Digitalquill we help businesses across Hull, and the East Riding keep their customers’ data safe from criminals. Whether you need help securing a wireless network, setting up the proper PCI-DSS compliant processes for handling credit card data, backing up your files or writing a security policy for your East Yorkshire business – we can help. For more information call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.