Dixons Carphone hit by huge data breach: Attackers access 5.9 million card details

Electronics retailer Dixons Carphone has suffered a massive data breach, with attackers accessing 5.9 million customer payment-card details and a further 1.2 million records containing personal information. In a statement released this morning, the company said during a review of systems and data, it discovered that there has been “unauthorised access to certain data held by the company”.

An investigation into what happened is still ongoing, but Dixons Carphone said there is evidence that an attempt was made to compromise 5.9 million payment cards via one of the processing systems of its Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores. In addition, 1.2 million records containing personal data including names, addresses and email addresses have also been accessed.

Read more about the Dixons Carphone data breach, which is one of the largest data breaches involving a UK company, on ZDNet.