Last night, it was reported that Superdrug had warned its online customers to change their passwords after criminals claimed to have obtained their personal details. The chain said the group claimed they had stolen details of 20,000 customers.
This is just the latest in a long line of businesses that have been victims of a data breach over the past few years and once again it highlights the importance of any business with an online presence to ensure their security is kept up to date at all times.
Just last year, Dixons Carphone, which owns Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World, suffered a huge data breach involving 10 million customers.
Back in 2015, TalkTalk was hit by a cyber attack which led to the theft of the personal data of nearly 157,000 customers.
“Names, addresses and in some cases date of births and phone numbers may have been accessed…No customers’ payment card details had been accessed” Superdrug Spoekesperson.
The Growing Importance Of Cyber Security
From a consumer/customer perspective it is at the level now where it feels like a matter of when not if our details will be accessed by some data breach from one of the large companies that we use regularly.
“The biggest issue with the possible breach of private information from Superdrug customers is that this is another blow to our collective privacy. There is a laundry list of names of the biggest corporations in the world that have been dealt a collective knock down over the years whether it be Equifax, Anthem, Target, Heartland or eBay, to name a few.
“We know the list of companies suffering breaches where personal information of their customers was compromised is in the thousands. The reality is that the cost to gain information on consumers has plummeted and should be at the forefront of the debate.
“Today, every consumer should be working under the assumption that their personal information has been compromised many times over, and the latest Superdrug hack is a reminder that they should watch their identities and credit for abuses.” Sam Curry, Chief Security Officer at Cybereason
“Whilst there is little detail in the communications to date, the hacker has clearly released a number of stolen records to Superdrug, to prove they have some portion of customer information. Superdrug have not stated the hackers demands but this could be the first case of attempted GDPR blackmail.” Andy Norton, Director of Threat Intelligence at Lastline:
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