Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy as part of their investigation into the recent hacking of TalkTalk’s website.
Following the breach of the major telecom firm’s website last week, the young boy has been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act.
His home – in County Antrim in Northern Ireland – is now being searched by police.
The hack, which took place last week, forced TalkTalk bosses to shut down their site following the “significant and sustained” attack, that saw customer details become vulnerable to theft.
Last Friday the company site warned customers that it may be a victim of a ransom demand by hackers.
The company has approximately four million customers, all of whom have been advised to check their account for any abnormalities or suspicious behaviour “over the next few months”. It has also been strongly advised that customers change their passwords and other security details.
TalkTalk has now spoken out following the arrest: “We know this has been a worrying time for customers and we are grateful for the swift response and hard work of the police.
“We will continue to assist in the ongoing investigation.”
This is not the first time TalkTalk has been affected by a breach. Prior to this attack TalkTalk was the victim of two other cyber attacks that also left customers very vulnerable.
In August the company were hit by a “sophisticated and co-ordinated cyber attack” where yet again personal data was accessed and in January customers were warned that their account numbers as well as their names may have been stolen from TalkTalk computer’s by hackers.
Those who think they may have fallen foul of the attack, or have been affected in any way should visit http://help2.talktalk.co.uk/oct22incident