15-Year-Old Kid Arrested Over TalkTalk Hack

By James O Malley on at

A teenager from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has been arrested over the massive cyber attack on telecoms company, TalkTalk.

The Guardian reports that the boy, who is only 15, was arrested yesterday in a joint investigation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Metropolitan Police.

The hack is TalkTalk's third in recent history, with up to 4 million customers thought to be potentially affected. Though the good news is that experts now believe it is not quite as bad as first feared, though it has still scared investors in the company enough to cause the stock to tank by 12 per cent, and to have everyone losing their shit about the risk that customers' personal data and bank details could have been obtained.

However, TalkTalk itself argues that it is still fairly unlikely that money will start disappearing from bank accounts because the information obtained is only the same as what you would find on a cheque.

Whether it will turn out that the 15-year-old is the culprit remains to be determined by the authorities. Previously, a purported Russian Islamist group had "claimed responsibility" for the attack, with a statement that doesn't seem very realistic:

Update 9:54am: Northern Irish police confirm that the 15-year-old has been released on bail, pending further enquiries:

Any TalkTalk customers worried about their details can find the ISP's official page on the hack here, and find our guide on what to do here. [The Guardian]