Personal Information Hacked at Online Takeaway Service

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A Belfast man fears he has had his personal information compromised by a data breach at online takeaway service Just Eat. A number of people registered to the site have received a scam email that is not from the company, yet still includes their personal details. This email asks customers to fill out a survey, for which they will be paid £10. When the survey is complete the customer is asked to enter personal bank details – on a page that looks convincingly like the real Just Eat site. Richard Beck, head of cyber security at QA have the following comments on this news.

Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at QA :

“Unfortunately, email scams of this nature are not uncommon, especially when considering the data breaches that have been stealing the headlines of late Falling foul to phishing e-mails or online scams is easily done if users don’t know what to look out for. In many cases it’s as simple as knowing not to click on a URL sent via an email before checking it’s genuine – and that’s easy to do. The key here is education. Educating can help detect, deter and defend against the cyber threats that every business faces today. By understanding what tools cyber criminals have in their armoury, businesses and individuals can be better prepared to deal with the continual cyber threats levied against them.”

Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at QA
QARichard Beck is Head of Cyber Security at QA, responsible for the entire Cyber Security portfolio. He works with customers to build effective and successful security training solutions tailored for business needs. Richard has over 10 years’ experience in senior Information Security roles. Prior to QA, Richard was Head of Information Security for four years at Arqiva, who underpin 20% of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure. Richard also held Security and Technical Management posts at CPP, GEC, Pearson and the Royal Air Force. Richard sits on the IBM European Board of Security Advisors and previously chaired the Communication Industry Personnel Security Information Exchange (CPNI).

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