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TalkTalk hit by data breach and ransom demand

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Oct 23, 2015.

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    TalkTalk announced that it has been the target of a data breach—its third such attack this year. Details are sketchy because the investigation just began and is still ongoing, but in a worst-case scenario it’s possible the attackers have accessed the entire customer database—compromising sensitive data on up to 4 million customers. TalkTalk also revealed that somebody claiming to be responsible for the hack has contacted the company with a ransom demand.

    A website has been set up by TalkTalk to share the few details that are available so far. It opens with, “We are very sorry to tell you that yesterday a criminal investigation was launched by the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit following a significant and sustained cyber-attack on our website on Wednesday 21st October.”

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