Talk Talk hack let the 4 million people on risk of identity theft of …
Talk Talk, which provides mobile phone, Internet and pay-TV services put 4 million customers’ details at risk.
Chief executive Dido Harding said Saturday that attackers hacked the company’s website but not its core systems, and “none of our customers’ credit card information has been exposed.”
Hilary Foster told that she had lost £600 from her account.
“I’m still very angry [about] the fact that my details are potentially out there somewhere on the internet and I’m going to have to keep checking my bank statements now for a long time,” she said.
The huge scale of theft of personal records from industry and governments led to 2014 being described as the “Year of the Data Breach”. An estimated 3.4 billion records have been lost worldwide since 2013, according to an industry database tracking the trend. But if the scale of the loss is hard to fathom, the motives and identity of the suspects behind them can be harder still.
The growth of the market in hacking tools has allowed a new broad base of “unskilled, entry-level” cyber criminals to launch attacks on a scale way beyond their own technical ability.
Partly because of this, companies have come to see data breaches as inevitable, and the response of organisations affected is crucial. The repeated and continuing failure of TalkTalk to encrypt the personal data of its customers suggests that its response has fallen badly short.