On Wednesday 21 October, TalkTalk’s website suffered a serious criminal cyber attack. The purpose of this page is to bring you up to speed with recent events.
Even though we did not initially know the full extent of the attack, we knew we had to inform all our customers so they could do everything possible to protect themselves whilst we established who exactly had been affected. So we took the decision to inform everyone by reporting the situation through the media.
While the investigation is still ongoing, a number arrests have been made.
Cyber crime is a fast-growing, global problem we all face. Read on to discover what we’re doing, and what you can do, to keep your data safe.
Whilst we continually review and update our systems, the threat of cyber crime is constantly evolving. We are committed to keeping you up-to-date with the latest advice on how you can stay safe online and offline, and we’re working with the Government, other businesses and security organisations to tackle this growing threat.
TalkTalk takes the security of its customers’ data very seriously and it is a key priority for the company to ensure this does not happen again. Since the attack, we have further increased the level of protection of our systems and we are working with security experts to help keep your data safe.
For more advice on how to protect yourself from scam calls visit our dedicated guide. TalkTalk is the only provider that, takes steps to identify and block many of the numbers used for malicious and nuisance calls (including phone scams) for free. We've blocked over 340 million calls across our network in the last year (that's 80 for every customer), and we’ll keep working to block even more calls.
We have strict rules about what information we do and do not ask for over the phone, by text or by email. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from TalkTalk and they don’t follow these rules, you should inform the police.
Call 0800 083 2710 to report suspicious calls from anyone you believe is pretending to be from TalkTalk. We will block anyone we suspect to have criminal intent from calling any other customers on our network.
Double check phone numbers when calling TalkTalk or any other company. Make sure the number you have came from a trusted source, such as an official website, or your latest bill or statement. If you receive a call that feels suspicious, hang up and call back on the official number. Phone a friend of other trusted number first though, to make sure the previous caller really has hung up.
Tell the police. Scams are a criminal offence, so if you think you’ve been a victim you should contact the police. You can also contact Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, which can be reached on 0300 123 2040 or via their website.
Set up our free calling and privacy features. They offer caller display so you can see who is calling you, voicemail so you can let unknown callers leave a message, last caller barring and anonymous caller reject so you can block withheld numbers.
Criminals may try to get hold of your bank and security information by sending ‘phishing emails’ pretending to be from trusted companies. You should always check who is sending official-looking emails.
Here are some things to look out for if you suspect an email might be from a scammer trying to steal your information:
It’s always a smart move to check your credit report for any suspicious activity, such as loans or credit cards being taken out in your name.
We’ve partnered with Noddle, one of the leading credit reference agencies, to give you 12 months’ credit monitoring alerts. That means you’ll be told if anyone tries to take out a loan credit agreement in your name so you can act fast to stop any fraudulent action.
We would also recommend that you keep an eye on your accounts and statements over the next few months. If you see anything unusual, contact your bank and Action Fraud straight away on 0300 123 2040 or via their website.
We will be in touch soon with more news about the improvements we are making for our customers. We are hard at work ensuring you have a better connection and better service.
If you’ve still got any questions, call us on dedicated hotline, 0800 0832710.