CeX suffers data breach affecting up to two million customers

CEX suffers security breach that may affect up to two million customers

European retailer CEX has recently suffered a security breach.

Following the breach, CeX admitted that even though they had a robust security programme in place, additional measures were required to prevent such a sophisticated attack.

The company is vague on the specifics of the hack, saying only that " an unauthorised third party has accessed this data" and that it was "sophisticated".

Data of up to two million customers has been stolen from games store Cex.

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Data compromised by the hackers includes first names, surnames, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of registered CeX customers. They've also reassured that no valid financial information has been lost, as they stopped storing customer card information in 2009.

"A small amount of encrypted data from expired credit and debit cards may have been compromised". The company explained that these were hashed, but adds that weak passwords could still be broken, and advises customers to change their login details at the earliest opportunity.

CEX suffers security breach that may affect up to two million customers

The company says they are taking the matter "extremely seriously", and has issued guidelines and advice for customers whose personal data may have been accessed.

It said those who do not receive an email have not had their data compromised. The breach has potentially put 2 million customers at risk of their personal details being exposed.

CEX specializes in second-hand video games, entertainment, and technology products, and is now one of the biggest entertainment retailers in the United Kingdom and Europe.

'Together we have implemented additional advanced measures of security to prevent this from happening again'.

Founded in London back in 1992, CeX now has stores across the UK, US, India, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Netherlands, Mexico, Poland, Australia and Canarias. It's surprising that CeX still stored customer card details prior to 2009.

"One would struggle to think of a legitimate business reason for storing expired card details", he said.

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