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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Cyber Attack

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.

 

Protect yourself

  • 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.