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Cyber security consultant and former Scotland Yard detective Adrian Culley told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that a Russian Islamist group had posted online to claim responsibility for the attacks.
He said hackers claiming to be a cyber-jihadi group had posted data which appeared to be TalkTalk customers' private information - although he stressed their claim was yet to be verified or investigated.
Dido Harding, chief executive of the TalkTalk group, told BBC News the authorities were investigating and she could not comment on the claims.
What you can do
Keep an eye on your accounts over the next few months. If you see anything unusual, please contact your bank and Action Fraud as soon as possible. Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, and they can be reached on 0300 123 2040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk
If you are contacted by anyone asking you for personal data or passwords (such as for your bank account), please take all steps to check the true identity of the organisation.
Check your credit report with the three main credit agencies: Call Credit, Experian and Equifax.
Please be aware, TalkTalk will NEVER call customers and ask you to provide bank details unless we have already had specific permission from you to do so.
TalkTalk will also NEVER
Ask for your bank details to process a refund. If you are ever due a refund from us, we would only be able to process this if your bank details are already registered on our systems.
Call you and ask you to download software onto your computer, unless you have previously contacted TalkTalk, discussed and agreed a call back for this to take place.
Send you emails asking you to provide your full password. We will only ever ask for two digits from it to protect your security.
We understand this will be concerning and frustrating, and we want to reassure you that we are continuing to take every action possible to keep your information safe.
Managing Director (Consumer)
23rd October 2015
It all seems a bit too convenient for my liking. Maybe I was totally off-target with my claims against Experian, but I do find it
suspicious how TalkTalk immediately offered their services to all of its customers for free. I also do not trust anything which is ever said in
British media about either Russia or “Islamists”, let alone “Russian Islamists”. Anyway, no matter which way we look at this.. clearly
something very serious has happened.
The article says it was a DDoS, such that resulted in the loss of data. How could that even happen? A DDoS would typically knock a server off-line and thus making it impossible, or at the very least impractical, to harvest massive amounts of data. I can only assume that the intention behind the attack was to get through the security by means of brute-force. So what kind of technique could possibly be used to achieve this? I really do have to wonder about that!
Whatever, I also have to question why TalkTalk did not unplug their systems while this was taking place. It’s not as if it would have happened in a short space of time, this must have taken a while. I mean, how much data are we even talking about? Let’s just think about this for a moment.. how fast could data downloaded by an attacker while their victim is being hit with, let’s for argument’s sake say, 2 gigabytes of traffic from a 10,000-strong BotNet (after all, we’re not exactly talking about ATS being hit with 1gb, they are telecoms)? And the TalkTalk executives just sat there twiddling their thumbs, watching it happen? Wow.
originally posted by: BMorris
Talktalk must shoulder 99% of the blame for this one, they are simply trying to shift the spotlight off their own failures, by blaming, whoever it is that they are blaming today. First they blamed ISIS, now the Russian Islamists..