David Jones computer system hacked and customers’ private details stolen
Australian fashion retailer David Jones says its computer system has been hacked and the private details of some of its customers have been stolen by criminals.
The retailer said no credit card information or passwords were stolen, and once it discovered the issue it moved quickly to prevent any further incident.
It comes a day after retailer Kmart said it had suffered from a privacy breach in which customer data was stolen.
In an email to customers this morning, David Jones said it had recently learned that a third party exploited a vulnerability in its website.
The department store wrote that the attackers had stolen names, email address and addresses, but assured customers that no credit card or financial information was stolen.
David Jones declined PM’s request for an interview, and the company has not revealed the scale of the attack.
Perhaps aware that computer hackers often use personal information obtained in attacks like this to try and target affected customers in later attacks, the department store has warned its customers not to provide financial information or credit card details over the phone or via email.
David Jones has informed Australia’s Privacy Commissioner of the breach.
Australia’s Privacy Commissioner said there had been a huge jump in reported data breach notification in the 2014-15 financial year.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner said it would wait for more information from David Jones before it decided if it would launch its own investigation.