How Curry’s PC World could have been fined up to £17 Million for their security and data breach


How Curry’s PC World could have been fined up to £17 Million for their security and data breach

15th January 2020

The parent company of Curry’s PC World, DSG Retail Limited has been fined £500,000 after its point of sale system was breached by hackers, thought to have affected around 14 million customers.

Due to a failure in security measures hackers were able to install malware onto 5,390 computer systems and tills located at Curry’s PC World and Dixon Travel outlets between July 2017 and April 2018. According to an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office 5.6 million payment card records used in transactions were accessed as a result, as well as the personal information of 14 million people, including full names, postcodes, email addresses and information related to failed credit checks.

This incident happened prior to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018, falling under the Data Protection Act 1998, which stipulated a fine of £500,000. The company received the maximum penalty due to both the seriousness of the case and due to the disregard shown to customers whose personal information was stolen. Under the new regulation the fine would have been increased to up to 4% of the company’s annual turnover, meaning the company would have had to pay up to £17 million, more than 3 times the amount!

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