News International, the parent company of The Sun newspaper, has warned users of the Sun website that their personal data may have been leaked on public forums.
According to reports, News International has sent emails to thousands of users who used opinion polls and games on the Sun website.
Personal details compromised include names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses and phone numbers.
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The data is said to have been taken when the site was hacked on the 19th July. On this date the Sun website was hacked by a group known as Lulz Security who posted a fake story and redirected users to its own Twitter feed.
Some of the breached details have been posted online but the company has said that no financial or password data was compromised.
What to do if you think your details have been leaked
If you think your details – whether personal or financial – have been leaked by a company what can you do? There are some steps you can take to protect yourself including:
- Watch out for spam emails If your email address has been leaked someone could try and use it to target you with spam emails to get more of your personal information. If you think an email looks suspicious then don’t open it.
- Use different passwords for different accounts Don’t use the same password for different services, if you do your risk will be increased.
- Keep an eye on your credit or debit card statements If your credit or debit card details have been compromised check your account statements carefully and look out for anything unusual. If you spot anything unusual contact your bank immediately.
Read expert advice on simple measures to improve your safety online.
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