Teenager in court accused of Bitcoin blackmail hack attack on TalkTalk
A teenager has appeared in court accused of hacking internet giant TalkTalk to obtain customer data before asking for a six-figure blackmail payment in Bitcoins.
Daniel Kelley, 19, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday accused of demanding 465 Bitcoins, worth about £216,000, from the London company after allegedly carrying out a cyber attack on its website in October last year.
He is also accused of carrying out similar attacks and making blackmail demands in Bitcoins against companies and their workers, including cigarette lighter manufacturer Zippo and an educational business in Queensland, Australia, in 2015.
Kelley, of Heol Dinbych in Llanelli, South Wales, faces 14 charges - eight of blackmail, four computer hacking offences and two fraud offences.
In total, he is accused of trying to obtain 593 Bitcoins worth about £276,300.
The court heard he was arrested in November last year and charged by Scotland Yard detectives on Monday.
He entered no pleas in court on Tuesday and was released on conditional bail to appear at the Old Bailey on October 10.