Millions of customers' data stolen from CeX online games store

CeX data breach impacts two million UK accounts

CeX data breach impacts two million UK accounts

It looks like it was only the CeX website that was affected, with in-store membership details apparently going unaffected.

CeX said it has hired a "cybersecurity specialist" to conduct a review into its processes and had "implemented additional advanced measures of security" to prevent such an incident from occurring again.

CEX, which deals in secondhand video games as well as other consumer electronics, said an unauthorised third party accessed its computer systems and some customer data was compromised. Customer names, phone numbers, passwords, addresses, and emails are amongst the information stolen, as well as old credit card information from before 2009. CeX said it emailed anyone it suspected was affected by the issue, so if you haven't received an email, the company believes your information is safe.

"A small amount of encrypted data from expired credit and debit cards may have been compromised".

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Customers are being advised to change their webuy.com password, and should ensure that they are not using the same password anywhere else on the internet. They're emailing all affected customers with guidance on how to proceed but recommend in the interim that anyone holding an online account with them changes their password; as an additional security measure, if you use the same password across multiple accounts we'd recommend changing your password across all affected accounts as well. The breach has potentially put 2 million customers at risk of their personal details being exposed.

Cex operates 38 stores, all across Ireland, with over 300 stores in the United Kingdom, and even more around the world. If you receive an email from the company then you should immediately change your online password and any other account with the same password as a precaution. The store also sells smartphones and PCs.

'It's surprising that Cex still stored customer card details prior to 2009, ' Javvad Malik, from security firm AlienVault, told BBC News.

He added: "One would struggle to think of a legitimate business reason for storing expired card details".

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