Tech News: Teen hacker’s iPhone seized over £42m TalkTalk hack


A 17-year old has had computer hard drive and his iPhone after he confessed charges a year ago, linked to some major data breach at Talk Talk confiscated.

Norwich Youth Court formerly heard the way the teen exposed a security flaw in the telecoms company’s web site using “valid applications” called Sqlmap but after shared it on-line when challenged to demonstrate it by others.

Magistrates were told by him: “I was merely showing off to my friends,” insisting he failed to use the information for private gain but the website was after targeted more than 14,000 times.

Talk Talk has formerly described how it fell victim into a “critical and continual” assault on its web site on 21 October 2015.

The lad, who sat in court along with his mum and cannot be named due to his age, declared seven hacking offences – two of the Talk Talk case being covered by them.

Other sites he targeted contained those of Cambridge and Manchester universities. He was likewise given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order.

Chairman of the seat he was told by Jean Bonnick: “Your IT skills will often be there – only use them lawfully as time goes on.”

Laura Tams, in the Crown Prosecution Service, told reporters following the hearing: “This case involved the deliberate exposure of a security problem on the Talk Talk web site that will be utilized by a large number of individuals daily.

“Through evaluation of on-line chats along with other digital footprints, prosecutors could show precisely how a defendant discovered this weakness and shared the details online.”

:: Another teen pleaded guilty, in charges linked to the Talk Talk hack on to a different case,

19-year old Daniel Kelley from Llanelli in South Wales acknowledged fraud, blackmail, hacking and money laundering.