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News of the Funky Pigeon cybersecurity incident has recently been in the media following a cyberattack that has resulted in the platform shutting down services in response to the event.
It remains to be seen what data may have been exposed, although the company appears to be confident that no payment information has been affected. Despite this, there can still be a number of dangers for anyone affected, and people who have previously used the site will need to be vigilant.
From what we understand of the Funky Pigeon cybersecurity event so far, they appear to have been targeted by hackers, which forced the company to shut down systems to protect itself. As is often the case with a fresh attack like this, it remains unclear as to whether hackers have been able to gain access to any personal and sensitive information so far, so this is one to keep an eye on.
The company, owned by WHSmith, has in the meantime suggested that payment card data should not be affected. The reason for this is understood to be that payment information is processed securely by a separate third party.
Media reports suggest that the company will be writing to customers who may have used their website in the last 12 months to alert them of the incident. Anyone who has used the site should be vigilant, and the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), is aware of the attack.
News of the Funky Pigeon cybersecurity incident came as no surprise to us. The reason for this is that cyberattacks are constantly happening, and it seems like it is a case of a constant stream of them taking place all the time.
So, when we hear of the latest event, we are just not really surprised any more.
Although it has yet to be determined what kind of information may have been exposed, anyone who has used the platform should be wary. Criminals can strike quickly in the aftermath of an attack to maximise the chances of people falling for fraud and theft. Even if no financial data has been exposed, just contact information alone could be enough for criminals to contact victims and try to dupe people. They could try to pass themselves off as a real organisation to get more information or send out phishing emails to direct people to copycat websites. All the victim may then need to do is sign in to a dodgy website and more damage can be done.
Be vigilant. Expect that you could be contacted by fraudsters or see an increase in spam, and make sure to change access credentials for any associated accounts. These, at the very least, are some sensible steps to take for anyone affected by the Funky Pigeon cybersecurity incident.
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