TalkTalk Downgrades Hack to Include Just... 157,000 People

By Gary Cutlack on at

TalkTalk is still in the process of working out exactly what went wrong and how it was hacked, updating its customers -- and sad shareholders -- with the news that 157,000 people are now believed to have had their personal stuff assessed in the mass data breach.

Of the people who had their details exposed, 15,656 had their bank account numbers and sort codes accessed, although the network says that the 28,000 credit card numbers also viewed were "orphaned" -- and therefore can't be linked to specific users.

The mobile network is still investigating the hack alongside the police, and told its users today that: "Our ongoing forensic analysis of the site confirms that the scale of the attack was much more limited than initially suspected, and we can confirm that only 4% of TalkTalk customers have any sensitive personal data at risk. However, we continue to advise customers to be vigilant, and to take all precautions possible to protect themselves from scam phone calls and emails."

TalkTalk says it has contacted all the customers who had their account and financial details accessed during the hack, so if you are or were a customer and haven't had the call, you're in the clear. [TalkTalk via BBC]