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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Clerys and Centra on hacking card list

Clerys on O'Connell Street. Photo: Frank McGrath
Clerys on O'Connell Street. Photo: Frank McGrath

RETAILERS Clerys and Centra along with Stena Line and Postbank have now joined the list of companies hit by the country's biggest ever hacking incidents.

It is believed that the customer details of these firms were affected by the massive security breach that exposed over 87,000 Irish people and 1.1m Europeans to criminal hackers.

The number of customers affected in each of the newly-revealed firms is low, possibly numbering no more than several hundred in total.

The companies join a lengthening list of firms affected by the hacking attack.

These include SuperValu (70,000 customers), Axa (8,000 customers) and the ESB (6,800 customers).

A representative for Centra said that its involvement dated back seven years.

"Centra's involvement dates back to 2006 and affects 68 people who availed of a promotion to collect vouchers toward city breaks in European destinations," they said.

"The only data that is potentially compromised is personal data which includes names and addresses.

"Centra apologises to customers who have been impacted."

The Data Protection Commissioner said that the data breach at Loyalty Build happened in mid-October, so customers of the affected firms whose credit and debit card details were compromised should check transactions in the last month.

BANKS

The LoyaltyBuild scheme operated through SuperValu, Axa and the ESB.

Two Irish banks, reported that a number of attempted fraudulent transactions have been detected on the credit cards of customers caught in the LoyaltyBuild hacking attack. AIB and Permanent TSB confirmed that affected customers would be contacted about the unauthorised activity.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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