UK Internet provider TalkTalk hit by ‘significant, sustained cyberattack’

UK phone and broadband provider TalkTalk may have once again left its customers exposed to hackers.

TalkTalk warned its 4 million customers on Thursday that attackers could have gained access to their names, addresses, credit card and bank details, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses and TalkTalk account information.

“Not all of the data was encrypted,” the company acknowledged, meaning there would be no trouble reading it. However, the company is not certain any data was actually accessed from the attack, which happened Wednesday, TalkTalk said.

TalkTalk doesn’t yet know who perpetrated the hack but has received a ransom demand from a group purporting to be behind it. “We can confirm that TalkTalk was contacted by someone claiming to be responsible and seeking payment,” a spokeswoman told CNET.

The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit is investigating the attack but said that it has made no arrests and that investigation is ongoing.

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