TalkTalk’s chief executive has apologised to customers after a “significant and sustained cyber attack” on its website left millions of people potentially at risk of having had theircredit card and bank details stolen . Police are investigating the hack amid speculation the attackers could be Islamic terrorists or extortionists. The company’s chief executive Dido Harding defended the firm for not revealing the security breach until Thursday night, despite it taking place on Wednesday morning. She admitted it does not yet know how many of its four million customers are affected by the third in a spate of cyber attacks affecting them in the last eight months. In August the company said its mobile sales site was hit by a “sophisticated and co-ordinated cyber attack” in which personal data was breached by criminals. And in February TalkTalk customers were warned about scammers who managed to steal thousands of account numbers and names from the company’s computers. Adrian Culley, a former detective in the Met’s cyber crime unit, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme an Islamic hacking group claimed to be behind the attack. He said: “They are claiming to be from Soviet Russia and be an Islamic cyber jihadi group. They […]
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