Two men, Connor Allsopp, 21, and Matthew Hanley, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of hacking. Allsopp has been sentenced to 8 months in jail and Hanley to 12 months.
In October 2015, TalkTalk Telecom Group plc publicly disclosed that four million subscribers have been impacted by a “sustained cyberattack” that hit its servers. The figures were downgraded later, the company revealed that only 156,959 customers were affected.
Hackers accessed to names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses and phone numbers of the company customers, they also accessed financial data for 15,000 users.
Attackers also attempted to blackmail the telecoms TalkTalk CEO, Dido Harding.
“We have been contacted by, I don’t know whether it is an individual or a group purporting to be the hacker,” Dido Harding said to the BBC. “It is a live criminal investigation. All I can say is I have personally received a contact from someone purporting as I say…to be the hacker looking for money.”
The security breach had a significant impact on the company, overall losses have been estimated at £77 million ($99 million).
The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) handed a £400,000 ($510,000) record fine to TalkTalk for the data breach.
In November 2015, another young hacker from Norwich was arrested by the British police.
(Security Affairs – TA505, tRat)