Two Million CeX Customer Accounts Breached

Two million CEX customers details stolen in cyber attack

Cex has said an "unauthorised third party" hacked into its computer systems, and it believes some of its online customers' data has been compromised.

Only online customers are affected, not those who signed up for a membership card in store.

It's that time again when we reset the imaginary internet sign to read "0 days without a United Kingdom data breach".

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. Financial information was taken "in a small number of instances", though it promises the only information taken was encrypted credit and debit card details from before 2009.

The warning email CEX sent to two million customers yesterday.

With that in mind, if you were registered with CEX, now would be a good time to change passwords and also double check any "security" related emails from services like PayPal, Apple etc as phishing scams often mask as security notices in an effort to gain access to your password.

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Names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and credit card information were all included in the stolen data, the company said.

Javvad Malik from the security firm Alien Vault told the BBC that it was "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".

The company, which buys and sells games and electronics through a combination of its webuy.com website and a chain of bricks and mortar stores, has warned customers that they should change their password for the site as soon as possible. Our cyber security specialists have already put in place additional advanced measures to fix the problem and prevent this from happening again.

"With GDPR looming, it is essential that companies take a hard look at the data it stores and processes and for what purposes".

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