Did The Cyber Jihadi Holy War Start With TalkTalk And iTunes?

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TalkTalk cyber hack: Boy, 15, arrested at home in Northern Ireland.

A team from Scotland Yard’s Cyber Crime Unit joined Police Service of Northern Ireland officers as they raided the teenager’s home in County Antrim. Police investigating the TalkTalk cyber attack which potentially compromised the data of more than four million customers have arrested a 15-year-old British schoolboy.

News of the suspect’s age stunned security experts who had assumed that a group of Isis terrorists or a country such as Russia had been behind the massive breach. The arrest of a child in connection with one of the country’s most damaging hacking incidents will raise further serious questions about the security measures put in place by TalkTalk. Last week some experts gave credence to a theory that the attack was the work of highly-skilled Islamist jihadists in Russia, following anonymous internet postings claiming responsibility. The Met said the property was being searched and inquiries by CCU detectives, the PSNI’s Cyber Crime Centre and the National Crime Agency are continuing. If that theory proves unfounded and the attack on TalkTalk was more amateur in nature, the company is likely to face tough questions from customers over how it protects their data.

When experts pointed out a DDoS attack would not explain the loss of data TalkTalk later indicated it had been hit by an attack known as an SQL injection – a technique where hackers gain access to a database by entering instructions in a web form. IT security experts had already expressed surprise at how a company the size of TalkTalk was still vulnerable to the method, as it is a well-known type of attack and there are relatively simple ways of defending against it. A search of the address is ongoing and inquiries continue.” A TalkTalk spokesman said: “We know this has been a worrying time for customers and we are grateful for the swift response and hard work of the police.

The company has been heavily criticised for its handling of the cyber attack – the third it has suffered in the last eight months, with incidents in August and February resulting in customers’ data being stolen. Following last week’s breach TalkTalk admitted that customers’ bank account and sort code details may have been accessed as some customers said money has gone missing from their accounts. I know that in this instance they are working hand in hand with the Metropolitan police as they investigate a crime which has caused concern to people right across the United Kingdom. When former customers are included, the total number could be far higher than the initial four million estimate, because between 16 and 25 per cent of customers switch provider within the broadband industry each year A spokesman for TalkTalk, which has been operating since 2006, said: “There is a risk and a chance that some previous TalkTalk customers’ details were stored on the website.

At the moment we can’t rule it out. “It’s easy for us to pull our existing customers’ details and email them but it’s not so easy for us to do that for former customers. He said the Information Commissioner’s Office can already levy “significant fines” but told the Commons he was “open to suggestions” about how the situation could be “improved”.

If anyone has concerns they should contact us.” Baroness Harding, the TalkTalk chief executive whose pay package was more than £6.8 million last year, has said the company could face a compensation bill running into millions for customers whose bank accounts were raided. TalkTalk is facing a maximum fine of £500,000 but the SNP’s John Nicolson said the prospect was “clearly not terrifying” for a company with an annual revenue of £1.8 billion a year.

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