World News

Carphone Warehouse has been fined £400000 after a massive data breach

Carphone Warehouse has been fined £400000 after a massive data breach

Carphone Warehouse has been fined a joint-record £400,000 after a cyber attack exposed the personal details of more than 3m of its customers and staff.

The 2015 data breach, in which hackers exploited out-of-date WordPress software, revealed the names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and marital status of three million customers and 1000 employees.

This is one of the highest fines ever issued by the ICO.

Carphone Warehouse has been fined £400,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office for a series of "systemic failures" uncovered following a data breach in 2015.

In a statement, Carphone Warehouse said: "We accept today's decision by the ICO and have co-operated fully throughout its investigation into the illegal cyber-attack on a specific system within one of Carphone Warehouse's United Kingdom divisions in 2015. But Dixons Carphone made £61m in profits in the six months to October 28 previous year, so a £400,000 fine isn't going to make much difference". And, for over 18,000 customers, historical payment card details were also compromised.

"We moved quickly at the time to secure our systems, to put in place additional security measures and to inform the ICO and potentially affected customers and colleagues", a spokesman for Carphone Warehouse said.

"There will always be attempts to breach organisations' systems and cyber attacks are becoming more frequent as adversaries become more determined".

Читайте также: Five medals targeted by British Olympic team at Pyeongchang 2018

The ICO considered this a serious contravention of Principle 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998, despite there yet to be any evidence that the data had been used in identity theft or fraud.

The ICO found Carphone Warehouse to have failed in its steps to ensure the protection of personal information.

Carphone Warehouse also responded, saying: "We accept today's decision by the ICO and have co-operated fully throughout its investigation into the illegal cyber-attack on a specific system within one of Carphone Warehouse's United Kingdom divisions in 2015".

Data protection by design is one of the GDPR's requirements, the regulator said, and must be in every part of information processing, from the hardware and software to the procedures, guidelines, standards and polices that an organisation has or should have.

"It shows how highly companies should value the sanctity of their data in an age of massive breaches, especially in the case of a large trusted brand with a big customer database", she said.

"With the impending enforcement of GDPR in May, similar negligence may cost tremendously more and lead to bankruptcy of companies who fail to ensure decent level of cyber security and privacy". "While it is a relatively large headline figure, it is a fraction of what is possible under the new legislation which comes into force on May 25".

Andy Norton, director of threat intelligence at Lastline, added: "With a revenue of just over £10bn, Carphone Warehouse could have been fined up to £400m if the ICO had imposed the maximum fine of 4 per cent of revenue under GDPR guidance".

При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
«» 2007 - 2019 Copyright.
Автоматизированное извлечение информации сайта запрещено.

Код для вставки в блог


  • Dell Mobile Connect marries your smartphone to your PC

    Dell Mobile Connect marries your smartphone to your PC

    Since the Internet is not involved, the system seems to be secure with users' phone data can only be accessed on a paired PC. Microsoft has thrown in a few features too, allowing Android users to send and receive text messages from Windows 10.
    Harvey Weinstein Punched By Stranger For What He 'Did To These Women'

    Harvey Weinstein Punched By Stranger For What He 'Did To These Women'

    Weinstein is now in Arizona for sex rehab after dozens of women came forward accusing him of sexual misconduct and rape. He then reportedly went up to Weinstein and threw two punches, forcing him backwards and nearly off his feet.
    Vendors issue Meltdown, Spectre security updates

    Vendors issue Meltdown, Spectre security updates

    Apple says that there will also be further updates to tvOS, iOS and macOS as further testing and development is carried out. None of the major tech companies have a complete fix for that.
  • Kate Middleton Had a Low-Key 36th Birthday

    Kate Middleton Had a Low-Key 36th Birthday

    She stepped out on Wednesday, January 10, for a solo engagement at the Reach Academy in Feltham, London . She also spoke with parents who have benefited from the school's parenting support programme.
    Apple to introduce enhanced parental controls to counter iPhone addiction in children

    Apple to introduce enhanced parental controls to counter iPhone addiction in children

    Newer reports nevertheless point out that Apple has finally responded to the investors' demand for iPhone Addiction in Kids. Negotiating screen time is becoming as classic a parent-child debate as golden oldies like "Vegetables v.

    " "B. Riley Reiterates "$4.00" Price Target for JC Penney (JCP)

    In other news, EVP John Joseph Tighe III sold 38,756 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 18th. Analysts believe that the company has the potential to earn average revenue of $4.03 Billion for the current quarter.
  • Pack has faith in new GM

    Pack has faith in new GM

    It will be interesting to see if Gutekunst keeps with the status quo, or tries to make a big splash early. The defense did not improve over the past four seasons despite being stocked with high draft picks.
    Mohamed Salah expected to make injury return for Liverpool vs

    Mohamed Salah expected to make injury return for Liverpool vs

    Salah has a great track record with Liverpool , scoring an impressive 23 goals and 8 assists in a total of 29 games with the Reds. Defender Alberto Moreno could also return to training this week having missed the last nine games with an ankle injury.

    Pepsico INC (PEP) Holding Held by Qs Investors Llc

    DryShips Inc. tumbled -99.98% from its high of $25480.00 to a $408.85 million market value through last close. If you take a peek at Pepsico, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) earned "Buy" rating by Sterne Agee CRT on Tuesday, July 21.
  • Ford launches cloud-based platform for mobility services

    Ford launches cloud-based platform for mobility services

    Each of those driverless cars will be connected to Ford's cloud, allowing partners like Lyft to manage self-driving fleets. The automaker is working on this project with Autonomic, a startup it took a stake in past year .
    'Sneaky' Feinstein Needs to Be Primaried

    'Sneaky' Feinstein Needs to Be Primaried

    Feinstein, under a wave of criticism for the move, said Tuesday she wanted to release the testimony to "set the record straight". Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday after she released testimony from the research firm behind the unverified dossier.

    Celgene Corporation (CELG), Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (HBAN)

    New Mexico Educational Retirement Board has invested 0.07% of its portfolio in Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ:HBAN). Verition Fund Management LLC bought a new position in Huntington Bancshares in the second quarter valued at about $139,000.