The personal information of 4,545 TalkTalk customers, including bank details, have been found online following a data breach back in 2015.
Viewers had contacted BBC’s Watchdog Live to raise concerns however TalkTalk, who had failed to inform the affected customers, have stressed that details have not been compromised. The firm stated: “The customer data referred to by BBC Watchdog relates to the historical October 2015 data breach. It is not a new incident.”
Watchdog Live’s investigation found that the details were found using a Google search and included details such as names, email addresses, birth dates and bank details. At the time of the 2015 incident more than 156,000 customers of TalkTalk were affected. The firm received a record fine of £400,000 from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
TalkTalk has apologised and described the breach as a “genuine error”.
Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.