Carphone Warehouse hit by cyber theft hack
Angry Carphone Warehouse customers have vented their frustration after it was revealed the personal details of up to 2.4 million people may have been stolen when a division of the company was hit by a cyber attack.
The mobile phone retailer has warned the encrypted credit card information of up to 90,000 people may have been accessed.
An investigation carried out by the company found names, addresses, dates of birth and bank details of customers could also have been accessed.
Carphone Warehouse said the "sophisticated cyber attack" was stopped "straight away" after its own systems discovered it on Wednesday afternoon.
Asked when the data breach began, a spokesman replied: "The evidence indicates within the last two weeks (before Wednesday)."
Additional security measures have been put in place, he said.
But many customers have vented their anger saying they should have been told sooner about the incident.
A spokesman for the Information Commissioner's Office, which examines data breaches, said: "We have been made aware of an incident at Carphone Warehouse and are making inquiries."