It is the biggest-ever cyberattack on a British company. Telecoms provider Talk Talk has had the personal details of some four million of its customers stolen and its website frozen after a sophisticated hack critics say could have been prevented.
A ransom demand has been sent to the company, and no-one seems to know from where the attack originated, although the hackers have claimed to have links with extremist Islam.
“There is a global problem associated with online businesses that data cannot be construed as genuinely safe at all times and it must now be the number one priority for global businesses with an online presence to protect their customers data and to protect their business integrity,” says analyst James Bevan.
It seems Talk Talk did not protect its clients by encrypting their data. This is third time the company has been attacked in a year. In both previous cases it was criticised for not doing more to safeguard its customers vital information.