Carphone Warehouse has announced that 2.4 million of its customers may have had their data breached in a cyber attack on 5th August.
According to a statement by the company, 90,000 of affected customers may have had encrypted credit card information stolen in what is being described as a 'sophisticated cyber attack'. Other stolen information may also include names, addresses, dates of birth, and bank details. Apparently the company has already brought in a cyber security company to deal with the aftermath and work out exactly what data had been compromised.
Dixons Carphone claims that the vast majority of user data, including that of Currys and PC World customers, was stored on a separated systems and not accessed during the attack.
Sebastian James, chief executive of the retailer's owner Dixons Carphone, said in the statement:
"We take the security of customer data extremely seriously, and we are very sorry that people have been affected by this attack on our systems. We are, of course, informing anyone that may have been affected, and have put in place additional security measures."