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TalkTalk Cyber-Attack: Boss 'Receives Ransom Email'

October 23rd, 2015

Episode 528 of 858 episodes

Four million customers could have had their data stolen by hackers after what the British telecoms firm TalkTalk is calling a 'significant and sustained attack' on its systems. It is the latest in a long line of high profile cyber-attacks: other targets have included US customers of T-Mobile, the US retailer Target and the online dating site Ashley Madison. It is not yet known who carried out this latest attack - but the chief executive of TalkTalk Dido Harding told the BBC's Business Editor Kamal Ahmed that she had received an email demanding a ransom. We ask ask what firms worldwide need to do to protect sensitive data from criminals. Voters in Argentina go to the polls on Sunday with the state of the country's economy uppermost in their minds. Outgoing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner, have been blamed by opposition parties for the high inflation and stagnant growth of the last 12 years. But many Argentinians believe things have now stabilised, and do not want to risk a change. The BBC's Irene Caselli reports from Buenos Aires on how economic perceptions are likely to influence the vote. The past week has seen Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Britain, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party sweeping to power in Canada and YouTube announcing a subscription service. We discuss these events with the US Business Editor of the Economist Patrick Foulis and Robert Armstrong, editor of the Lex column at the Financial Times. Also on the programme, several varieties of English apples are at risk of becoming extinct. Britain once produced the most apple varieties in the world, but production of the fruit in the UK has more than halved over the last 35 years. So this weekend one of the country's biggest fruit and vegetable markets is taking action. There's going to be an "apple amnesty" to encourage people to hand over foreign apples - in exchange for English ones. The BBC's Emily Thomas went to meet both sellers and buyers at Borough Market in London.