There have been significant amounts of column inches dedicated to the announcement by phone and broadband company, TalkTalk, confirming their computer systems were hit by a ‘significant and sustained’ cyber-attack.
Whilst it is still very early days in the investigation, the company has indicated that a large number of customers’ personal information and data could have been accessed, including names and addresses, dates of birth, email addresses, and more importantly, account information and bank and credit card details.
It could be several months before the extent of the data breach is known, and before individual customers are told if, and to what extent, their personal information has been compromised. In the meantime, TalkTalk customers should be vigilant and follow some very important, and simple, advice:
If you receive any communication, whether by telephone, email or post, consider it very carefully before responding and providing any further information
Do not provide or confirm your bank details or credit card details to anyone claiming to be from TalkTalk
Check your bank and credit card statement carefully to check that the right amounts are being deducted, or for any suspicious activity, and if anything seems incorrect, contact both your bank, TalkTalk, and Action Fraud
If you suffer any kind of financial loss as a result of the data breach, TalkTalk have an obligation to compensate you for that loss. If they fail to do that, then you could have a claim against TalkTalk under the Data Protection Act 1998.
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