Has your data been stolen?

Cyber Security - Has It Clicked?

29 Oct 2015

Cyber attacks on big name companies always makes headline news.

But would you know what to do if your data was stolen by cyber criminals – much like those who targeted Talk Talk last month.

As widely reported, hackers brought down the phone and broadband provider’s website and stole customers’ personal data, in a move the firm said could affect more than four million clients.

As part of the Humberside Police Cyber Security – Has It Clicked? campaign, officers are offering help and guidance on what to do if you believe your details may have been stolen.

DS Mike Wood, from the economic crime unit said: “It is important to remember that some of your details may have fallen into the wrong hands.

“In the days after an attack, the criminals may try and target customers, using the information they have been able to steal to try and trick them into giving them the remaining details they need in order to steal from them.

“It’s important to be on your guard and remember that no legitimate firm will ask you for passwords or other specific details about your account over email or on the phone.”

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

If a firm you deal with has undergone a cyber attack, be wary of any emails you receive claiming to be from them asking for additional information, such as passwords.

Even if the email provides your specific account details, it is likely to be a phishing email sent to try and gain access to your account.

If you have opened an email attachment, make sure you change all the passwords for your bank, email and online shopping accounts, as they could have been compromised.
You should also be wary of any phone calls claiming to be from the firm where they ask for details about your account. Don’t give anything away. Hang up and call the firm on a number you know to be genuine, using a different phone line, to check if it has really come from them.
Monitor your bank account for any unusual activity and flag it up with your bank straight away if you see anything suspicious.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, get in touch with Action Fraud

To find out more about protecting yourself from online crime, visit the Humberside Police website. 

You can also follow @humberbeat #HasItClicked? on Twitter or visit the force Facebook page.