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Electronics Retailer Confirms Breach Attempt of 5.9M Payment Cards

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A consumer electronics retailer has confirmed a data breach attempt to compromise the details of 5.9 million payment cards.

On 13 June, Dixons Carphone released a notice disclosing its investigation into an instance of unauthorized data access. The company came across the suspicious activity while reviewing its systems and data. Subsequently, it contacted security experts to help determine what happened.

The investigation revealed that unknown individuals attempted to compromise 5.9 million payment cards found in the processing systems of Currys PC World and Dixons Travel, which are subsidiaries of Dixons Carphone. Most of those cards, the statement explained, came equipped with chip-and-pin protection, with potentially affected data not containing customers’ PINs, card verification values (CVVs) or authentication data.


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