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Hackers Steal Customers' Details From Cotton Traders Website

The BBC reported that 38,000 credit cards used to purchase clothing have been stolen from the Cotton Traders website by hackers; however, the company soon replied to the report, saying that the BBC figure was "way off the mark".

The site was hacked in January 2008 and Cotton Traders only confirmed this claim now, saying in a statement, "In January 2008, we identified a security issue. We immediately brought in industry security experts to resolve the problem, Any customers who have fallen victim to fraud should contact their card issuer”

Talking to Webuser (opens in new tab), a spokesperson for Cotton Traders was unable to reveal exactly what details were stolen and how many customers had lost their credit card details.

The clothing specialist recently changed its website's backend and added extra security measures that have been validated by "leading industry experts"; in addition, the card details were encrypted which would render them useless without the encryption key(s).

Customers whose card details were compromised have been notified and Cotton Traders has been working with Barclaycard to resolve the issue.

A specialist police unit is said to be working on the case and it is still unknown how the hackers managed to break into the website.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.