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British Retailer Dixons Carphone Faces a Major Breach That Affects Nearly Six Million Bank Cards





United Kingdom-based electronics retailer Dixons Carphone has revealed a major data breach that involves 5.9 million payment card details and 1.2 million personal data records, according to the company’s statement and a BBC report.

Dixons Carphone said that a review of its systems and data has discovered “unauthorised access to certain data held by the company”. The firm said that, while an investigation is ongoing, it has found what it is calling “an attempt to compromise” 5.9 million cards in one of the processing systems of its Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores.

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which is the UK’s data protection watchdog, said  that it is looking into the incident together with the National Cyber Security Centre  (NCSC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

In addition to Currys PC World and Dixons Travel, the retailer operates other well-known electronics brands, mainly in the UK. One of them, Carphone Warehouse, was slapped with a fine  of £400,000 early this year after a breach in 2015.

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