Police fear Russian Jihadi cyber hackers have stolen bank details of four million TalkTalk clients.The internet terrorists carried out a “significant and sustained cyber attack” on the British broadband company and sent the boss a ransom message. A message posted yesterday claimed to contain a sample of dozens of customers’ personal details, including email addresses and transactions.
It read: “We Have Made Our Tracks Untraceable Through Onion Routing, Encrypted Chat Messages, Private Key Emails, Hacked Servers. We Will Teach our Children To Use The Web For Allah.. Your Hands Will Be Covered In Blood.. Judgement Day Is Soon.”
TalkTalk chief Dido Harding said: “I personally received a contact from someone purporting, as I say I don’t know whether they are or are not, to be the hacker looking for money.” She came under fire last night after admitting she does not know how many customers are affected. She was also criticised because the Wednesday morning security breach was not reported until Thursday night. Scotland Yard are investigating the incursion – the third of its kind at the firm in just eight months.
Scotland Yard’s cyber crime unit said it has launched an investigation alongside the National Crime Agency but no arrests have been made. One theory for the motive behind the attack had been Islamic extremism. But extortion or bank card fraud is also believed to be a possibility.