High-street shoe seller Office latest to be hit by hackers

Security threats - password theft

High-street retailer Office has become the latest firm to admit being hit by hackers, as the threats facing businesses of all shapes and sizes is underlined once again.

Office has sent an email to its customers from chief executive Brian McCluskey admitting to the incident, although it claims that no financial information was affected in the breach.

“I can confirm that the Office website has been the subject of a security breach. We take such a threat very seriously and have been in communication with our customers to advise them of the matter,” McCluskey said.

“We can confirm that no credit card, debit card, PayPal or bank details were compromised in any way. In addition we have reported the matter to the relevant authorities.”

McCluskey said that Office is taking the incident “extremely seriously” and doing all it can to improve website security.

“Our customers remain our number one priority and we are taking all necessary measures to ensure that our website remains secure,” he added.

The incident is the latest example of a high-profile brand having its defences breached by hackers.

Last week eBay suffered a huge incident that saw all customers prompted to change their passwords, although not without some confusion along the way.

Music streaming service Spotify also admitted to being hacked, but claimed that only one account was compromised. Nonetheless, the firm has urged all users of its Android app to reset their passwords as a precaution.

Hackers have hit high-street stores before. Kitchen retailer Lakeland was the victim of a breach last year, proving that no company can rest on its laurels thinking it won’t be targeted by cyber crooks.

29 May 2014 | 12:58 pm – Source: v3.co.uk

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