Hackers demand ransom from TalkTalk, British telecom firm

24 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hackers demand ransom from TalkTalk, British telecom firm.

Hilary Foster, a barrister’s clerk from south-west London, says she found that scammers had stolen the cash from her account and used it to buy goods out of Tesco and Office shoes.Shares in British broadband provider TalkTalk were hit as it said it had received a ransom demand from an unidentified party claiming responsibility for a cyber attack that may have led to the theft of personal data from its more than four million customers. TalkTalk, which offers cable and fixed-line services in Britain, said local authorities had opened a criminal investigation into the widespread data breach.

I am really, really angry TalkTalk found out about this on Wednesday and didn’t tell customers until a day later.” Yesterday we reported that the internet terrorists carried out a “significant and sustained cyber attack” on the British broadband company and sent the boss a ransom message. If the theft is confirmed by a police investigation it would be one of Britain’s biggest online security breaches. “We have been contacted by, I don’t know whether it is an individual or a group, purporting to be the hacker,” TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding told the BBC. A message posted on the internet by the hackers said: “We Have Made Our Tracks Untraceable Through Onion Routing, Encrypted Chat Messages, Private Key Emails, Hacked Servers. In a statement, the broadband provider said it did not know how much of its users’ data had been compromised, and that the British police were leading the investigation. Despite the claims of responsibility, it remained unclear whether the group that had contacted TalkTalk was behind the breach or whether the ransom demands were credible.

Yet TalkTalk’s data breach — the third successful attack on the company in the past 12 months — is the latest in a number of online hackings that have affected a wide range of companies, including Target, Home Depot, and JPMorgan Chase. Such tactics, commonly known as ransomware, have often involved hackers encrypting people’s computer data and holding it hostage until a fee is paid.

Despite TalkTalk’s rapid response to the data breach, some users and security experts criticized the company for going public about the hacking before knowing all the details. The telecom provider’s efforts, however, come before planned changes in Europe that would force any company that has been affected by a data breach to inform privacy regulators within three days of the hacking or potentially face fines.

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