Talk Talk, the phone and broadband provider, was the victim of a cyber attack on their website commonly referred to as DDoS – distributed denial of service attack. This led to hackers accessing Talk Talks servers and stealing personal data. At the time Talk Talk stated that there was a chance that some of the following data could have been accessed:
- Name and addresses
- Dates of birth
- Email addresses
- Telephone numbers
- Talk Talk account information
- Credit card and banking details
These events happen from time to time and affect a wide range of internet based companies.
- Be wary of any emails claiming to be from any company asking for additional information such as passwords even if they are able to tell you specific account details – this could be a phishing email and sent to gain access to your account.
- If you have opened an email attachment please ensure you change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts.
- As well as e-mails be wary of any telephone calls claiming to be from a company that ask for additional information or want to gain remote access to your computer. Again they may tell you specific details about your account. If you get such a call do not give any details, terminate the call. Then use a separate telephone line/mobile phone and call the company back on one of their known numbers to ascertain if the call is genuine.
- Monitor your bank accounts for any unusual activity that you believe may be fraudulent.