Illegal access to TalkTalk customer data behind rise in scamming
We are all used to the inbox full of 'invoice' spam that seems to be the current favourite doing the rounds, but TalkTalk customers may have been targeted in more personal ways by email or phone it seems following illegal access to some customer data including account numbers, but TalkTalk does highlight that no financial data was accessed due to this being encrypted.
TalkTalk is being a little coy about the exact nature of scope of the illegal data access, but it would be no great surprise to eventually learn that this may have been an inside job or even the result of carefully crafted phishing attacks that have let outsiders have access to the information.
The old adage of trust no-one is never more true and certainly if someone phones you out of the blue and asks you to visit a website to install some software even if they seem to know a lot about you or your account with the firm they say they work for do not trust them. Tricksters and fraudsters are an age old profession and unfortunately the Internet of Humans means the number of people they can easily reach has increased massively in the last decade.