The latest high profile hacking incident in the news today involves the leak of customer credentials and bank or credit card details revealed by the telecoms and Internet service provider TalkTalk.

The most revealing issue in Dido Harding’s statement, which stated that there was a high chance of customer data, including credit card and bank details, had been accessed; was the fact that not all the data had been encrypted.

there was a chance that some of the following customer data, not all of which was encrypted, had been accessed:

  • Names and addresses

  • Dates of birth

  • Email addresses

  • Telephone numbers

  • TalkTalk account information

  • Credit card and bank details


You do have to ask yourself why? Or rather why wasn’t all that data stored in an encrypted fashion?