I thought this had blown over by now... it seems to me that what happened to TalkTalk had little / no detrimental effect on customers anyway...
The churn rate is probably soaring, along with customer dissatisfaction. Despite TalkTalk
trying to stem the tide by holding customers to term. And TalkTalk
's share price has already tanked. Leaving the telco even more vulnerable to hostile takeover.
That, quite possibly, was the hidden agenda all along. Use the corporate and state media to trash the reputation of an already troubled company. Provoking a customer stampede; giving it a thorough stock-bashing
; and loosening it up for an unwelcome acquisitor.
With the Hedge Funds
complicit. Pre-positioned and shorting
the stock. Ready to profit from the inevitable slide in the share price. As news of the "hack" melodramatically panned-out across the media.
Stockbrokers at the ready, too. Snapping up the tanked stock, on behalf of that hidden acquisitor. Building-up bigger and bigger holdings. As institutional funds running stop-loss
algorithms sell-out at pre-programmed trigger points.
And the entire scandal contrived on behalf of a hidden player, maybe? Possibly another telco. Maybe a cellular operator. With Vodafone
being mooted. The cellular rival keen to muscle-in on the fixed-wire business. A cost-effective way of acquiring four million fixed-wire customers minus the churn, plus all the plant.
Today's buzzword in the industry is "convergence
". Describing a tenuous marketeers' dream. The idea that we only really want one carrier. The same telco providing us with a "quad-play
" of services: fixed wire, cellular, internet and entertainment. One carrier gives all? Good for competition? Whadda ya think.
Details that have been leaked are either useless or probably in the hands of those who find them handy already due to the amount of information such as names, address and phone numbers passed about by companies years ago and still to this day.
Exactly. Someone in the FT reckoned our dates of birth are "confidential" information. Not in the least. Not with the full electoral registers floating around on the "dark web". Containing our names, addresses and the dates we become eligible voters (turn 18). Not very "confidential" after all.
Same with the Census data; that too was "transferred" illicitly into the private sector. The head of the Census claimed it was accidental and inadvertent, but resigned nonetheless. At that point, his task complete.
The whole TalkTalk
scandal is very contrived. The telco publicly vilified for malicious and spurious reasons. Particularly spurious when the acquisition and disclosure of sensitive data by governments and corporations is commonplace.
Contributor SevenLayerMuddle over on the Kitz forum
notes the insidious data-acquisition and data-sharing that LinkedIn
is engaged in. I noticed that too. LinkedIn
regularly proposes connections with people I've only ever emailed; sometimes just once, from a Google
email account. Or people I have simply searched for using Google
, but never contacted.
is sharing my private search engine results and internet traffic data (the From:
headers) from private emails. And sharing that data with LinkedIn
, an ostensibly rival social-networking business. God only knows with whom Google
is sharing the especially sensitive geolocation data from our Android
This widespread and routine data-sharing - by corporations like Google
- compared to the much-ado-about-nothing at TalkTalk
- largely trivial information on less than 4% of customers - is breathtaking by comparison. Perhaps there's the real scandal? We still haven't noticed the elephant on the sofa?
The only reason there was a big uproar about it was that TalkTalk was being GOOD to its customers by letting them know ASAP... I can assure you that another company might not have done such a thing until they knew for sure what had happened and how it had happen.
The trumped-up scandal has had a sort of stupefying effect on people. Possibly by design. With people now hoodwinked into thinking that corporations normally safeguard our data; rather than routinely sharing it among themselves. Creating what is in effect one giant private intelligence database on us all. Dwarfing anything GCHQ
might be gathering.
So I suppose folk could switch provider but then what's to say another breach at another providers isn't on the cards or happening as we speak...
Vodafone announced a breach/leak earlier this week too, British Gas said some of its customers details were available to public, but because they took steps to secure and lock down accounts before hand no one freaked.... so maybe the breach happen 4-8 weeks earlier....
We need to be told about the alleged breach of BT
customer records too. Amid the hysteria over TalkTalk
, the Mail-on-Sunday
(1 Nov), obliquely revealed a data breach at BT
, in a very by-the-by manner. Including BT in a list of 14 other companies allegedly hacked; also including O2, EE, Vodafone and Sky
When did this 'hack' of BT
records take place? How many records were stolen? What did they contain? How were they stolen? Which of BT
's customers are affected? Is this limited to BT Sport
subscribers, as the Mail
claims? But if we're BT Broadband
customers, aren't we automatically BT Sport
subscribers too? Has BT
contacted those affected?
Questions which our obsequious media never seems to ask. He who pays the piper calls the tune, maybe?
Edited by edwincluck (Sun 08-Nov-15 06:21:39)