Analecta Cyber Company Blog: Hacker, 16, arrested over TalkTalk hack

2015-11-09

Hacker, 16, arrested over TalkTalk hack

A London teenager has become the fourth person arrested in connection to the high-profile hack on British telecommunications company TalkTalk.

Officers with the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit arrested the 16-year-old boy at is Norwich home on suspicion of violating the Computer Misuse Act.

TalkTalk was hit with a large and lengthy attack to its website two weeks ago, putting the personal data about its 4 million customers at risk.

Some 1.2 million affected

As many as 1.2 million customer names, email addresses and phone numbers, plus 21,000 bank account numbers were potentially released in the attack, according to the company.

But any stolen credit card information was incomplete and could therefore not be used to make unauthorized transactions, according to TalkTalk representatives.

Still, the company said customers should keep a close watch on account activity.

In addition to the latest arrest, law enforcement agents have arrested a 20-year-old man from Staffordshire and two other teenagers.

Any connections between the four individuals is not yet clear.