The payday loan company, Wonga has reported that suspect there has been illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of their customers.
In a statement, Wonga said: “We are urgently working to establish further details and contacting those who we know have been impacted. The information may have included one or more of the following: name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, the last four digits of your card number (but not the whole number) and/or your bank account number and sort code.”
The firm will be alerting financial institutions about this issue but urges customers to alert their banks as well. In addition, they advise customers to be extra cautious of anyone who calls and asks customers to disclose any personal information regardless of where they say they are from. They recommend hanging up if this happens.
In the statement, Wonga added: "Cyber attacks are, unfortunately, on the rise. While Wonga operates to the highest security standards, these illegal attacks are unfortunately increasingly sophisticated."
A spokesman for the ICO said: "All organisations have a responsibility to keep customers' personal information secure.
"Where we find this has not happened, we can investigate and may take enforcement action."