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Friday 20 October 2017

SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak stores targeted in cyber attack

The Musgrave group owns SuperValu, Daybreak and Centra
The Musgrave group owns SuperValu, Daybreak and Centra

Kathy Armstrong and Ralph Riegel

SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak stores have been targeted by a cyber-attack that attempted to access customer's credit and debit card details, they confirmed in a statement.

The Musgrave Group, the company that owns the three retail chains, said that gardai are probing the incident and they have notified the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.

They said in a statement: "Musgrave detected that malicious software was attempting to extract debit and credit card numbers and expiry dates, but not the cardholder name, PIN number or CCV number.

"While there is no evidence that any data has been stolen at this point, Musgrave is advising any concerned shoppers to review activity on their statements as a precautionary measure."

In a bid to strengthen their security, Musgrave's cyber breach response experts have installed extra technical fixes and will "actively manage and monitor the situation."

Retail giant Musgrave stressed that security standards are "at the highest levels."

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They said: "The protection of information is an absolute priority for Musgrave, with a range of security solutions including threat-monitoring, anti-virus software, firewall and penetration testing deployed.

"The company aims to ensure that security standards are maintained at the highest levels and apologises to its customers for this issue."

The attack was confirmed just 24 hours after the Irish Independent revealed the number of cybercrime attacks on Irish firms, utilities and banks have soared over the past 12 months.

State-sponsored cybercrime syndicates in North Korea are behind a significant number of the recent attacks as the rogue state attempts to counter the impact of UN sanctions by raising cash through global cyber robbery.

However, there is no evidence as yet as to whether the latest cyber raid has a North Korean link.

One IT expert, Ronan Murphy of SmartTech, said the number of attempted cyber attacks on Irish firms was increasing exponentially.

It is now believed that the multi-million Euro cyber attack on Meath Co Council last year, which was only foiled hours before the cash was to be transferred out of a Singapore bank account, was the work of North Korean hackers.

In 2012 just Euro 490,000 was lost by Irish firms as a result of cyber crime.

However, that figure had soared to Euro 1.7m in 2016 - and was expected to soar exponentially over the coming years due to a surge in malware and ransomware attacks.

Some Irish firms revealed that 44pc of the economic crimes they suffer is now accounted for by cyber attacks.

Dublin Information Sec 2017, Ireland’s cyber security conference, addresses the critically important issues that threaten businesses in the information age. For more on INM’s Dublin InfoSec 2017 conference, go to: independent.ie/infosec

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