Woolworths faces fallout from data breach

Woolworthssign_2Woolworths has been forced to cancel more than $1 million worth of shopping vouchers following a massive leak of customer data.

According to Fairfax Media, Woolworths mistakenly emailed out a spreadsheet containing customers’ personal details including their names and email addresses, as well as the redeemable codes of 7941 gift cards, worth a total of $1,308,505.

The data breach, which was discovered on Saturday morning, occurred after customers purchased the vouchers from the online savings site Groupon, which ran a deal last week offering BigW eGift cards, valued at $200 and $100, at a 7.5 per cent discount, reports Fairfax. The cards were redeemable at Woolworths online and instore, Big W stores, and Caltex petrol stations.

In a statement Woolworths admitted it had “experienced a technical fault with an e-voucher offered to customers” and said it was working to resolve the issue.

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