TalkTalk Cyber Attack – Bank and Card Details Accessed
TalkTalk has now said that bank account and credit card details were accessed in the latest hack. Even though they have declared the attack to be less serious than originally thought, it is still the case that thousands of TalkTalk accounts were breached.
In a statement to customers, Dido Harding, the TalkTalk Chief Executive, says:
• Less than 21,000 unique bank account numbers and sort codes.
• Less than 28,000 obscured credit and debit card details. As previously stated, the middle 6 digits had been removed and therefore are not usable for financial transactions e.g. 012345 xxxxxx 6789.
• Less than 15,000 dates of birth.
• Less than 1.2 million email addresses, names and phone numbers. As we have previously confirmed, the credit and debit card details cannot be used for financial transactions. As an extra precaution, we have shared the affected bank details with the major UK banks so they can take their usual actions to protect accounts in the highly unlikely event that a criminal attempts to defraud them. We can also reassure you that no TalkTalk My Account passwords were accessed.
Once again, we want to reassure you we are taking every precaution to keep your information safe. If you have any questions, please visit www.talktalk.co.uk/secure or call us on 0800 083 2710.
TalkTalk are offering free credit check services to customers worried by the latest attack.
A 15 year old boy from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, was arrested on Monday, 26 October under the terms of the Computer Misuse Act. A 16 year old from West London was also arrested on Thursday, 29 October, and a Liverpool address raided the following day.
An update on the investigation has been issued by the Met Police:
For crime prevention advice they recommend visit the Action Fraud website at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/talk-talk-hacked-by-cybercriminals-what-to-do-if-you-have-been-affected-oct15 and for advice on staying safe on the internet the Get Safe Online website at: http://www.getsafeonline.org/