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British businesses say cyber attacks constant
October 24, 2015 / 10:54 AM / 2 years ago

British businesses say cyber attacks constant

LONDON (Reuters) - British business leaders on Saturday urged police to make cyber crime an urgent priority following an attack on broadband provider TalkTalk, saying firms face continual security breaches.

A spotlight shines on a company logo at a TalkTalk building in London, Britain October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

TalkTalk said the private data of its more than 4 million customers could be at risk and that it had received a ransom demand from an unidentified party.

The data could include credit card and bank details and if the theft is confirmed by a police investigation it would be one of the country’s largest online breaches.

The Institute of Directors business lobby said that while the biggest attacks gain most attention, companies face a constant threat from cyber security incidents.

“Only the most serious breaches make it into the headlines, but there are attacks on UK companies happening constantly,” a spokesman said in a statement.

“The police must make this issue an urgent priority and investigate theft of data just as it would theft of physical property.”

The attack on TalkTalk follows dozens of high-profile cases targeting retailers and banks in North America.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Jason Neely

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