On 13 June 2018, Dixons Carphone admitted to a huge data breach of customer data, including 1.2 million personal data records and 5.9 million payment cards. There is no evidence that any of this data has been used fraudulently.
Hackers had tried to gain access to the processing systems of Dixon Travel stores and to Currys PC World. Dixon shares fell 3% on the news.
The hack happened nearly a year ago, which prompts the question of why it took so long to admit to the breach. Dixons said it only discovered the breach a week earlier.
Dixons was fined £400,000 in 2015 for a previous data breach. The company says the two incidents are not connected. [18.05]