Police arrest 15-year-old in Northern Ireland over TalkTalk hack

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15yo teen arrested in British ISP TalkTalk hack investigation.

Police investigating the TalkTalk cyber attack which potentially compromised the data of more than four million customers last night arrested a 15-year-old British schoolboy. Scotland Yard has confirmed that Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit (MPCCU) officers, together with Northern Ireland’s Cyber Crime Centre and the National Crime Agency, detained a 15-year-old teen in Northern Ireland on “suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offenses.” “An arrest has been made in connection with the investigation into alleged data theft from the TalkTalk website,” a spokesman for Britain’s Metropolitan Police said. 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. Wednesday’s breach of British ISP TalkTalk potentially exposed customer data including names, addresses, account information and credit card/bank data of some four million registered users.

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. The probe into the cyberattack so far has revealed that sensitive financial information was “protected” at the time of the intrusion, the company announced Monday, downplaying the threat. “Bank account numbers and sort codes (as you would find printed on a check) may have been accessed. 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. We will continue to assist with the ongoing investigation.” North Antrim MP Ian Paisley received a briefing today from police in relation to the TalkTalk security breach and he said: “The type of attack suffered by TalkTalk once again highlights the significant danger that cybercrime poses and the impact that it can have on the community. “Virtually every household will have banking or other personal information stored by companies on computer systems and should those systems be compromised it can leave people vulnerable to a range of crimes. “I welcome that the PSNI have secured evidence and been able to make this arrest. 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.

The Daily Telegraph can also disclose that millions of people who cancelled their TalkTalk contracts years ago may have fallen victim to the cyber attack. 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. 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.

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