Yesterday, June 13th, 2018, news broke that Dixons Carphone, an electrical and telecommunications firm run out of the UK, was the target of a cyber attack exposing 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records of their customers. If you’re in the UK you should keep reading to learn how to protect yourself.
So far there is no evidence that any of the information stolen has been used in fraudulent ways following the breach. Since Dixons Carphone doesn’t hold data authentication factors, clients shouldn’t experience fraudulent transactions. However, of the affected cards, only 105,000 were without chip-and-pin protection, which means you need to be extra careful when watching your bank statements.
In additional to the stolen payment cards, about 1.2 million separate records containing non-financial personal data, like name, mailing address, and email have also been accessed. With this personal information hackers can trick you into giving away your financial information through phishing scams.
In response Dixons Carphone released this brief statement. Remember, under new GDPR regulations all EU citizens are entitled to know what kind of personal data is held in their accounts.
If you think you could have been affected by this data breach, follow these steps:
- Keep an eye out for phishing scams – verify it is indeed Dixons contacting you, if you’re unsure reach out to them directly to double check
- Change your passwords everywhere – we can’t stress enough how important it is to have complex passwords you change often, Dashlane makes this simple – try it for free here
- Run a FixMeStick scan – this will ensure your computer has not been infected by any malware related and you’ll know it’s clean