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October 23, 2015

TalkTalk CEO receives ransom note from alleged cyber-hackers

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The bank details of 4 million customers of British ISP TalkTalk may have been exposed following a “significant and sustained” cyber-attack on the firm’s website. A former detective has suggested Islamic extremists could be to blame.

The attack, believed to have occurred on Wednesday, has left TalkTalk customers around the world in fear as the firm admits it does not know how many people have been affected.

read more at RT

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So I get thi in the mail…….TalkTalk has been thoroughly hacked.

Dear Mrs Doe
We are very sorry to tell you that on Thursday 22nd October a criminal investigation was launched by the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit following a significant and sustained cyberattack on our website on Wednesday 21st October. The investigation is ongoing, but unfortunately there is a chance that some of the following data may have been accessed:
Names
Addresses
Date of birth
Phone numbers
Email addresses
TalkTalk account information
Credit card details and/or bank details
We are continuing to work with leading cyber crime specialists and the Metropolitan Police to establish exactly what happened and the extent of any information accessed.
We would like to reassure you that we take any threat to the security of our customers’ data very seriously. We constantly review and update our systems to make sure they are as secure as possible and we’re taking all the necessary steps to understand this incident and to protect as best we can against similar attacks in future. Unfortunately cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and attacks against companies which do business online are becoming more frequent.
What we are doing:
We are contacting all our customers straight away to let them know what has happened and we will keep you up to date as we learn more.
We have taken all necessary measures to make our website secure again following the attack.
Together with cyber crime experts and the Metropolitan Police, we’re completing a thorough investigation.
We have contacted the Information Commissioner’s Office.
We’ve contacted the major banks, and they will be monitoring for any suspicious activity on our customers’ accounts.
We are looking to organise a year’s free credit monitoring for all of our customers and will be in touch on this in due course.
What you can do:
Keep an eye on your accounts over the next few months. If you see anything unusual, please contact your bank and Action Fraud as soon as possible. Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, and they can be reached on 0300 123 2040 or viahttp://www.actionfraud.police.uk
If you are contacted by anyone asking you for personal data or passwords (such as for your bank account), please take all steps to check the true identity of the organisation.
Change the password for your TalkTalk account and any other accounts that use the same password.
Check your credit report with the three main credit agencies: Call Credit, Experian and Equifax. Noddle also allows free access to your credit report for life.
Please be aware, TalkTalk will NEVER call customers and ask you to provide bank details unless we have already had specific permission from you to do so.
TalkTalk will also NEVER:
Ask for your bank details to process a refund. If you are ever due a refund from us, we would only be able to process this if your bank details are already registered on our systems.
Call you and ask you to download software onto your computer, unless you have previously contacted TalkTalk and agreed a call back for this to take place.
Send you emails asking you to provide your full password. We will only ever ask for two digits from it to protect your security.
We understand this will be concerning and frustrating, and we want to reassure you that we are continuing to take every action possible to keep your information safe. If you have any questions, please visit http://help2.talktalk.co.uk/oct22incident for more information, or you can call us on 0800 083 2710 or 0141 230 0707.
Yours sincerely,
TAHanison
Tristia Harrison
Managing Director, Consumer

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The Giant Sun Mirrors of Rjukan

Rjukan is a small industrial town in the municipality of Telemark, in Norway, that lies at the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of the mighty Gaustatoppen mountain. The steep slopes of the surrounding mountains completely block out the sun for half the year, leaving this thriving community of 3,400 in permanent shadow from September to March.

But since 2013, the town’s residents has been basking under a tiny patch of sunlight that falls right over the market square. This light is reflected from three large heliostatic mirrors called “Solspeil” installed on the mountainside about 450 meters above the town’s square. The mirrors capture the sunlight and direct it into the market square where it illuminates an area of about 600 square meters. Controlled by computers, the mirrors follow the sun’s movement across the sky, moving every 10 seconds so that Rjukan’s square remains sun drenched for the entire length of the day.

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read the full article at Amusing Planet

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