Tuesday, October 16The Voice of London

Personal Information Stolen From Wetherspoons In Latest Online Hack

Apparently technology companies aren’t the only one’s at risk from hacking. Pub chain JD Wetherspoons has revealed bank card details of a hundred customers were accessed from its database.
Words: Corey Armishaw, Subeditor: Daisy Greenaway



Along with the 100 bank card details, names and email addresses of more than 650,000 people were taken. Wetherspoon’s database only had details of 656, 723 customers.

According to the company, the 100 stolen card details were from customers who purchased gift cards on the website between January 2009 and August 2014. The hack itself occurred between 15 and 17 of June this year.

The hacked bank accounts are not fully at risk, since only the last 4 digits of the cards were being stored. However, customers have been warned to be vigilant over emails and phone calls purporting to be from their banks, or were unexpected and suspicious.

Weatherspoon chief executive John Hutson expressed his apology to customers, adding that: “Unfortunately, hacking is becoming more and more sophisticated and widespread. We are determined to respond to this by increasing our efforts and investment in security and will be doing everything possible to prevent a recurrence.”

This hack is the latest of many that have occurred over the past few months. Many experts argue the companies which store personal data are still not taking the necessary steps in their encryption methods, despite all the recent hacks.

Security consultant Paul Moore claimed on Monday he had found numerous bugs which could be exploited by hackers on the networks of the six biggest ISP’s in the UK.

He began looking into the security of Talk Talk, Sky, BT, Plusnet, EE and Virgin Media after 157,000 people had their personal details stolen from Talk Talk’s database.

Wetherspoons insist the website has since been updated and the issue has been dealt with, but it remains to be seen whether other companies will finally asses their own security measures, before the same happens to them.

Below: The email received by a Weatherspoons customer regarding the hack