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17-year-old sentenced for huge TalkTalk hack

A 17-year-old who admitted hacking offences has been sentenced Credit: PA

A 17-year-old who admitted hacking offences linked to the TalkTalk data breach has been given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order.

The youth, who admitted seven offences related to the hacking in October 2015, also had his iPhone and computer hard drive confiscated at Norwich Youth Court.

While the boy, who can't be named for legal reasons, did not exploit the information for monetary gain, the TalkTalk website was targeted more than 14,000 times he exposed the vulnerability.

Telecoms giant TalkTalk said it fell victim to a "significant and sustained" attack on its website, the fallout of which cost it £42 million.

Click below to watch a report from court by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

Cyber crime security advisor Paul Maskall told ITV News Anglia that hacking was one of the most serious threats facing personal computer users and businesses.

"It is a constant threat at the moment especially keeping up with it, policing in and combating it. It's absolutely exponential.

"The problem is that it is so different to traditional policing - we're talking about it on an international stage.

"The problem is that there are no borders."

– Paul Maskall, Cyber crime security advisor

Dad fears for son's life after extradition decision

The father of hacking suspect Lauri Love has said he believes his son will commit suicide if he is extradited to the United States.

The Rev Alexander Love, from Stradishall near Newmarket, told ITV Anglia: "I sat with him one day and said 'Lauri, what are you going to do if all else fails and they're going to take you?' and he said 'Dad, I won't be going. I'm not leaving you and Mum.'

"He's a 31-year-old genius and he lives in what I call the old folks' home with us because that's how he copes with life."

Hacking suspect Lauri Love now faces extradition to the US. Credit: PA Images


Home Secretary signs Lauri Love extradition order

Lauri Love is facing extradition. Credit: PA

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has signed an order for Lauri Love to be extradited to America where he's accused of hacking into US government computer networks.

Mr Love, from Stradishall near Newmarket, is alleged to have stolen significant amounts of data from US agencies including the federal Reserve, Nasa and the FBI.

He could face up to 99 years in prison if found guilty.

A number of MPs had called on Barack Obama to block his extradition on the grounds that they were "concerned for the safety" of Mr Love, who has Asperger's Syndrome.

However, that campaign appears to have fallen on death ears with the Home Secretary confirming that he will now go on trial in the States.

On Monday 14 November, the Secretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed an order for Lauri Love's extradition to the United States.

Mr Love has been charged with various computer hacking offences which included targeting US military and federal government agencies.

– Home Office spokesman

Games firm joins Inbetweeners and Catastrophe stars in campaign

A Colchester games designer has joined Inbetweeeners star Simon Bird and comedian and writer Sharon Horgan to launch a new marketing campaign for the creative industries in England.

Steven Huckle, who founded Shark Infested Custard, is helping Creative England, launches its first ever marketing campaign to promote the importance of film and TV, games and technology companies to the economy.

You can find out more here.


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