Wetherspoon hit by hack

4 December 2015

beer If someone says 'hack' and 'Wetherspoons' in the same sentence, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were just talking about an old soak's hacking cough from having too many rollies. Well, 'Spoons has a database of customers, which has been breached.

Basically, the details of 656,723 JD Wetherspoon customers has been hacked!

In a statement, the pub chain said the data breach happened in June, and relates to an old website that has since been replaced. The breach concerns customers names, date of birth, email address and phone number, with a "tiny number of customers" who have had some of their credit/debit card info nicked.

Around a hundred customers have had financial information compromised, and thankfully, the hackers will only be able to see the last four digits of card numbers.

In a statement, the company said: "These credit or debit card details cannot be used on their own for fraudulent purposes, because the first 12 digits and the security number on the reverse of the card were not stored on the database. There has been no information from customers, or from our cyber security specialists, that leads us to believe that fraudulent activity, using the stolen information, has taken place, although we cannot be certain."

If you think this affects you, keep an eye out for any dodgy emails that might land in your inbox over the coming weeks. You should be doing that anyway.

The Information Commissioners Office has been told about the "criminal attack", and an investigation is ongoing.

Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: "We apologise wholeheartedly to customers and staff who have been affected. Unfortunately, hacking is becoming more and more sophisticated and widespread. We are determined to respond to this by increasing our efforts and investment in security and will be doing everything possible to prevent a recurrence."

TOPICS:   Privacy

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