Cotton Traders mauled by hackers
Rugby apparel website rucked
Update Cotton Traders has become the latest firm to spill sensitive customer account details.
The retailer confirmed on Tuesday that payment details were exposed following an attack on its website earlier this year. Around 38,000 customers were affected by the breach, the BBC reports. Cotton Traders claims this figure is "widely inaccurate" but isn't supplying the correct figure.
Cotton Traders, a specialist clothing outfit founded by ex-England rugby stars Fran Cotton and Steve Smith, said the potential to misuse the data is low because the credit card information was encrypted. It said it notified credit card issuers of the breach and that most of the affected cards were blocked and reissued in January.
A spokeswoman explained: "I would like to reiterate that the incident took place in January 2008 and all actions to rectify the situation were completed over five months ago."
"Those involved were notified at the time and card replaced," she added.
In a statement the firm said: "Cotton Traders take any security issues very seriously.
"In January 2008 we identified a security issue. We immediately brought in Industry security experts to resolve the problem. We can confirm that our customer credit card data is encrypted on our website but if any of our customers have been a victim of fraud, they should contact their card issuer."
"Cotton Traders have recently upgraded all security on their website which has been validated by leading Industry experts," it added.
Police are investigating the case. It's unclear how malicious hackers broke into the website. ®
Lack of Communication
As a long term customer with Cotton Traders, I am disapointed that no communication was made reference this breach of data. Consequently the details of my Card were used in April and May without my authorisation. If Cotton Tradres had informed customers of this breach, then steps could have been taken to minimise this fraud.
quote from main man "was now encrypted on its website". ha ha arrrrr
well at least not more than 2.3 million details......
Funny; in china some would get shot over this.
No of cards affected
I was unfortunately having to deal with a CC company yesterday, having found that some third-party had tried to pay their bank account £1800 from my account. Whilst on the phone to their investigations department, I mentioned the Cotton Traders report, and he laughed, saying that it was around 85,000 cards at his company alone.
Somebody is hiding something here - why are Cotton Traders not being forthright about the numbers involved...?