Talk Talk hack affects 156959 customers according to the company’s own statement. Just two weeks after the company confirmed having gone through a significant cyber-attack on its website, Talk Talk representatives are now saying that they know exactly how many of their customers have been affected by the hack: 156959.
- Talk Talk revealed exactly how many of their users had their personal information stolen in the cyber-attack that occured two weeks ago: 156959
- The attack turned out to be a lot smaller than it was originally thought.
- Police has made four arrests so far but has not revealed the identity of the suspects.
This is the number of customers whose data was stolen. Hackers managed to obtain information including the people’s names, email addresses and phone numbers. Talk Talk has also admitted that 15656 bank account numbers and sort codes were also obtained in the hack and insisted that, while an additional 28000 obscured credit and debit card numbers were stolen, these numbers cannot be used for any financial transactions.
The numbers that the company had initially cited a week ago were, with the exception of the 28000 credit and debit card numbers, much higher. Some important figures that are missing in this new communication are the ones concerning how many customer birth dates were stolen. Talk Talk also wanted to stress that only about 4 percent of its customer’s sensitive personal information had been at risk.
The numbers quoted initially had been much higher. A week ago the company had declared that the total number of people that could be at risk because of the hack was around 1.2 million, which is quite a big leap from the numbers the company released this week, that of 156959.
The number of bank account numbers and sort codes was also originally higher, with the company quoting a number around 21000 as opposed to the 156959 they are declaring now.
Despite the now missing number of customer birth dates exposed, the numbers of people actually affected have lowered significantly since news first broke out of the attack two weeks ago. This has proven that the attack was actually turned out to be a lot smaller then people had originally thought.
Although it turns out that the first estimate, that millions of people were at risk, was way too high, it still isn’t a very reassuring situation when you think of Talk Talk’s security practices. This is the company’s third security breach this year. An enquiry has since been launched by the UK’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee in order to see if Talk Talk as well as other telecom and internet service providers have security protocols and defenses strong enough to counter cyber-attacks.
In the meantime police officers are still looking for the hackers. They have already arrested four suspects: a 15 year-old boy from Ireland, a 16 year-old boy from London, a 20 year-old man from Staffordshire and a 16 year-old boy from Norwich. The four have not been linked together yet but the swiftness of the arrests might indicate that a group of hackers was involved in the attack.
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