Millions of card details targeted in Currys PC World and Dixons Travel hack

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Currys PC World and Dixons Travel has admitted that 5.9 million payment card details and the personal data of 1.2 million customers have been accessed by hackers in a massive data breach.

Some 5.8 million of the cards have chip and PIN protection and Dixons Carphone Warehouse, which runs both firms, says the hackers did not get hold of PIN numbers, the three digit verification code on the back of the cards or any data which would allow the cards to be used to buy goods.

But some 105,000 non-EU cards which didn't have chip and PIN protection were also compromised, and Dixons Carphone Warehouse says it has contacted the card firms and customers who have been affected.

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