Northern Ireland's TalkTalk customers could be at risk in cyber attack
Northern Ireland's TalkTalk customers' security could be at risk after a massive cyber attack on the company.
And it has just been reported that a US researcher has found TalkTalk customers personal details for sale on the Dark Web - the hard-to-access realm of the internet used for drugs dealing, arms dealing and other illegal activity.
The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit has begun an investigation into the attack.
On a statement published on their website, TalkTalk said: "We are very sorry to tell you that on Thursday, 22 October a criminal investigation was launched by the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit following a significant and sustained cyberattack on our website on Wednesday, 21 October.
“The investigation is ongoing, but unfortunately there is a chance that some of the following data may have been compromised: names, addresses, date of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, TalkTalk account information, credit card details and/or bank details.
“We are continuing to work with leading cyber-crime specialists and the Metropolitan Police to establish exactly what happened and the extent of any information accessed.
“We would like to reassure you that we take any threat to the security of our customers’ data very seriously.”
TalkTalk CEO,Dido Harding: “TalkTalk constantly updates its systems to make sure they are as secure as possible against the rapidly evolving threat of cyber-crime, impacting an increasing number of individuals and organisations.
“We take any threat to the security of our customers’ data extremely seriously and we are taking all the necessary steps to understand what has happened here.
“As a precaution, we are contacting all our customers straight away with information, support and advice around yesterday’s attack.”
The company has said that customers' data that could have been accessed is the following:
- Dates of birth
- Email addresses
- Telephone numbers
- TalkTalk account information
- Credit card and bank details
If you are a TalkTalk customer and have noticed any unusual activity on your bank account, contact www.actionfraud.police.uk