Tesco latest victim of cyberattacks, more than 2,000 accounts compromised

Tesco, the U.K.'s largest supermarket chain, is the latest victim of hackers. More than 2,000 of its shoppers had personal details stolen following a data breach.

Tesco suspended more than 2,000 customer accounts after user names, login information and PIN numbers were posted online. The victims were members of Tesco's loyalty program. Club points were also stolen from a handful of these shoppers.

Tesco told CNBC that it takes the security of its customers' data extremely seriously and is urgently investigating these claims. "We are contacting all customers who may have been affected and are committed to ensuring that none of them miss out as a result of this. We will issue replacement vouchers to the very small number who are affected," a spokesperson told CNBC in an e-mailed statement.

This follows a string of security breaches at U.S. retailers. On December 19, Target (NYSE: TGT) revealed a massive security breach that compromised more than 70 million shoppers. Neiman Marcus and Michaels stores were among the half dozen retailers that also experienced breaches. The source in Target's data breach has been revealed as an HVAC company that itself was a victim of hacking.

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