Carphone Warehouse Breach Puts 2.4 Million Customers at Risk

British mobile phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse, which has over 2,400 stores across Europe, has been hacked. The personal data of up to 2.4 million customers was compromised -- and worse -- when a EUsophisticated cyberattackEU breached IT systems at one of its divisions in the United Kingdom.

Specifically, the division that operates OneStopPhoneShop.com, e2save.com and Mobiles.co.uk -- and offers services to TalkTalk Mobile, iD Mobile and Talk Mobile, as well as certain customers of Carphone Warehouse -- was hacked.

Carphone Warehouse said it took EUimmediate actionEU to secure the systems and has launched an investigation with a top cybersecurity firm to ascertain the actual breadth of the breach. Meanwhile, the company has launched new security measures to stop more attacks.

90,000 Credit Cards also Hit

EUOur investigation has indicated that personal data, which may include name, address, date of birth and bank details of up to 2.4 million customers, may have been accessed,EU the company said in a statement. EUEncrypted credit card data of up to 90,000 customers may also have been accessed.EU

Carphone Warehouse and its partners are contacting customers who may have been affected to give them the bad news and offer advice to help them minimize both the personal risk and inconveniences associated with a breach. The company also made it clear that data of Currys and PCWorld -- and the vast majority of Carphone Warehouse customer data -- is held on separate systems that was not compromised in the security incident.

EUSomeone having access to your personal information or bank account details does not necessarily mean you have been a victim of identity theft or that your information will be used to commit fraud,EU the company said in a statement. EUWe recommend that you take the appropriate steps to protect yourself, such as closely reviewing account statements for suspicious activity.EU

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