Moths set­tle in UK

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS -

NEW moths are ar­riv­ing and set­tling in the UK as a re­sult of cli­mate change and the hor­ti­cul­tural trade, wildlife ex­perts have said.

Al­most 30 new species of pyralid moths have been recorded in the UK in the last 30 years, in­clud­ing eight which have be­come es­tab­lished res­i­dents, wildlife pub­lisher Atro­pos and char­ity But­ter­fly Con­ser­va­tion said.

The pyralid group in­cludes some of the largest of 1,600 mi­cro-moths found in the UK. DIXONS CAR­PHONE has be­come the lat­est Bri­tish firm to fall vic­tim to a cy­ber at­tack af­ter re­veal­ing 5.9 mil­lion cus­tomer bank card de­tails and 1.2 mil­lion per­sonal data records were hacked.

The re­tailer be­hind Cur­rys said that while 5.8 mil­lion of the pay­ment cards tar­geted were pro­tected by chip and pin, around 105,000 non-EU cards with­out chip and pin pro­tec­tion were com­pro­mised.

Dixons Car­phone said rel­e­vant card com­pa­nies had been no­ti­fied, but added that there was no ev­i­dence of fraud on the cards as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent.

It added that its in­ves­ti­ga­tion had also found that hack­ers ac­cessed non-fi­nan­cial per­sonal data – such as name, ad­dress or email de­tails – for 1.2 mil­lion cus­tomer records.

The group is con­tact­ing all those af­fected, but sought to as­sure cus­tomers it had no ev­i­dence that this had re­sulted in fraud at this stage.

It said it had called in cy­ber ex­perts and added ex­tra se­cu­rity to its sys­tems fol­low­ing the breach, while also since call­ing in the po­lice and rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

Dixons Car­phone chief ex­ec­u­tive Alex Bal­dock ad­mit­ted the group had “fallen short” of its re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect cus­tomer data.

The Na­tional Crime Agency said that it is work­ing with the Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Cen­tre, the Fi­nan­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity and the In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice (ICO) to “un­der­stand what’s hap­pened”.

A spokesman for the ICO said: “An in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Dixons Car­phone has been re­ported to us and we are li­ais­ing with the Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Cen­tre, the Fi­nan­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity and other rel­e­vant agen­cies to as­cer­tain the de­tails and im­pact on cus­tomers.

“Any­one con­cerned about lost data and how it may be used should fol­low the ad­vice of Ac­tion Fraud.”

Dixons Car­phone was fined £400,000 by the ICO in Jan­uary af­ter a 2015 cy­ber at­tack ex­posed the per­sonal data of more than three mil­lion cus­tomers.

The lat­est data breach be­gan in July last year, well be­fore May 25, when new Euro­pean Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR) rules came into force.

It means that Dixons Car­phone will likely es­cape hefty fines un­der the new regime, which can be up to 20 mil­lion euro.

How­ever, the ICO said that it is still de­ter­min­ing whether the case is dealt with un­der the 1998 or 2018 Data Pro­tec­tion Act.

Dixons Car­phone shares fell as much as 4% soon af­ter the Lon­don mar­ket opened.

Dixons said the hack oc­curred in one of the pro­cess­ing sys­tems of Cur­rys PC World and Dixons Travel stores.

It said the data ac­cessed did not con­tain Pin codes, card ver­i­fi­ca­tion val­ues (CVV) or any au­then­ti­ca­tion data al­low­ing card­holder iden­ti­fi­ca­tion or a pur­chase to be made. The group added it did not be­lieve the per­sonal data ac­cessed had left the group’s sys­tems.

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