17-year-old sentenced to 12-month rehabilitation order for TalkTalk data hack

17-year-old sentenced to 12 month rehabilitation order for the TalkTalk data hack

The 17-year-old hacked the website in October last year

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A 17-year-old who admitted hacking offences linked to a data breach at TalkTalk has been sentenced.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order and had his iPhone and computer hard drive confiscated at Norwich Youth Court.

He admitted seven offences related to the hack, which took place in October 2015, but also added that he was "just showing off" to his friends.

Charges against him also included attacks on other websites. 

Although he did not do this for monetary gain, the TalkTalk website was targeted more than 14,000 times, due to him exposing its vulerability.

Personal data of 156,959 customers is said to have been accessed.

TalkTalk recieved a £400,000 fine for security failings due to the attacks. They also claim the hack cost the company £42 million.