CeX Data Breach Affects 2 Million Gamers, Techies

CEX suffers security breach that may affect up to two million customers

The firm is also recommending that affected customers change their passwords if they reused it across multiple accounts and services. The company explained that these were hashed, but adds that weak passwords could still be broken, and advises customers to change their login details at the earliest opportunity.

According to a statement released by Cex, the information stolen appears to relate exclusively to the online store, with in-store data not appearing to be compromised.

United Kingdom pre-owned media chain CEX, known both for its role in the United Kingdom second-hand market and the fact its name is pronounced "sex", has apparently fallen victim to a large scale online data security data breach.

There is some concern over the fact that Cex retained any credit card information at all; the BBC quotes Javvad Malik of AlienVault saying that it's "surprising" - and that it's a "struggle to think of a legitimate business reason for storing expired credit card details".

The retailer said it is is working alongside the police to investigate the incident and has also employed a "cyber security specialist" to review security processes. The breach has potentially put 2 million customers at risk of their personal details being exposed.

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In an online statement, the retailer revealed that the personal information compromised could include first name, surname, address, email address and phone number, if the customer supplied them.

CeX has 300 outlets across the United Kingdom, with at least 20 stores located in Scotland. The store also sells smartphones and PCs.

In an e-mail to affected customers yesterday (Tuesday, August 29), CeX confirmed that they had suffered an online security breach that compromised personal data belonging to millions of customers. "We ceased storing customer card details in 2009".

'Together we have implemented additional advanced measures of security to prevent this from happening again'.

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