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Teenager to be sentenced over TalkTalk hacking attack

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted seven hacking offences. Credit: Andrew Milligan/ PA

A 17-year-old boy who hacked TalkTalk will be sentenced on Tuesday for his role in the multi-million pound data breach.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, found a vulnerability in the website using "legitimate software" and shared details of it online, an earlier hearing at Norwich Youth Court was told.

While he did not exploit the information for monetary gain, the TalkTalk website was targeted more than 14,000 times after the boy exposed the vulnerability.

He told magistrates "I was just showing off to my mates" as he admitted seven hacking offences.

Telecoms giant TalkTalk fell victim to what it described as a "significant and sustained" attack on its website in October 2015 and the firm said the fallout from the cyber attack cost it £42 million.

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Man, 18, arrested in connection with TalkTalk hack

The cyber attack cost TalkTalk up to £35 million. Credit: PA

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of blackmail over the TalkTalk hack.

Personal details of thousands of customers were accessed in the cyber attack at the end of last month.

It is the fifth arrest in a Met Police investigation into alleged data theft from the communications company.

Police said the teenager was detained at an address in Llanelli, Wales and remains in custody.

A 15-year-old boy from County Antrim, two 16-year-old boys from Feltham and Norwich and a 20-year-old man from Staffordshire have also been arrested over the hack.

All were questioned on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offences and were released on bail.

Boy, 16, arrested in connection with TalkTalk hacking

Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Credit: PA

A 16-year-old boy has become the fourth person arrested in connection with the cyber attack on telecoms company TalkTalk.

The teenager was arrested in Norwich on Tuesday evening, Scotland Yard said.

He remained in custody at a local police station as searches continued at the property where he was detained.

A 20-year-old man from Staffordshire, a 16-year-old boy from London and a 15-year-old boy County Antrim in Northern Ireland have also been arrested in connection with the incident.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "On the evening of Tuesday, 3 November, detectives from the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit and officers from the National Crime Agency executed a search warrant at an address in Norwich.

"A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the address on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offences. He currently remains in custody at a local police station."

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