TalkTalk Handed Record Fine

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Last week Talk Talk was fined a record £400,000 fine for having poor website security which consequently led to the theft of personal data of nearly 157,000 customers.

The cyber attack on its website took place in October last year. According the The Information Commissioner’s Office, which imposed the fine, said security was so poor that the attack succeeded “with ease”. The fine is the largest yet imposed by the ICO, which under its powers could have imposed a maximum fine of £500,000.

The ICO explained that TalkTalk had been very lax in enforcing proper security on its own website.


A police investigation of the data theft is still going on.

Six people, all under 21 years old have been arrested as part of the police investigation.


Source: (BBC News, Business, 5th October 2016) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37565367

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