loses customer data in hack

News loses customer data in hack

Antony Savvas

Computer gadget site has been hacked, with the attackers suspected of stealing customer credit card details, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Reports say sent out a letter at the weekend to its customers, admitting that customer information, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, credit card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification numbers, may have fallen into the wrong hands.

The website displays a banner from McAfee's ScanAlert service certifying that it is a hacker-safe site.

Calum Macleod, European director at security firm Cyber-Ark, said, "Quite apart from the fact that a supposedly secure website - and one that has been certified as such - has been hacked, it highlights the need for all commercial organisations to encrypt their customer data, if they are not to lose face or even face lawsuits from disgruntled customers."

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