CeX Data Leak
On Aug. 30, 2017, an all-things-gaming reseller, CEX, had 2 million customers’ information stolen in the United Kingdom, according to the BBC. For anyone unfamiliar with CEX, it is what GameStop is to Americans.
The data that was released was mainly old credit card information, even though the company stopped storing it in 2009. Phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, and passwords were released, according to ALPHR. Only debit and credit cards used online were affected.
Chairman and CEO David Mullens publicly stated that “additional measures were required to prevent such a sophisticated breach occurring” and that the company has “employed a cyber-security specialist to review (its) processes.” He went on to say that the company “(had) implemented additional advanced measures of security to prevent this from happening again.”
Later that night, emails were sent out to the 2 million accounts affected accounts, including steps that those users should take to avoid having their identities stolen. Those steps included changing passwords and calling their credit card companies