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Talk Talk hack - Teen boy arrested in Norwich

Published 03/11/2015

The youngster is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the cyber attack on the telecoms firm. (File image)
The youngster is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the cyber attack on the telecoms firm. (File image)

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in Norwich in connection with alleged data theft from Talk Talk.

The teenager is being held on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offences.

He was detained after detectives from the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit (MPCCU) and officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) executed a search warrant.

The youngster is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the cyber attack on the telecoms firm.

Two teenagers have previously been arrested in connection with the alleged data theft.

A 16-year-old boy, from Feltham in west London, was held on suspicion of computer misuse after a search of his home on Thursday.

The teenager has been bailed to a date yet to be confirmed.

A 15-year-old boy, from County Antrim in Northern Ireland was bailed until a date in November.

A 20-year-old man arrested in at an address in Staffordshire in connection with the cyber attack on the firm was released on bail pending further enquiries.

The investigation is being carried out by the Metropolitan Police's cyber crime unit, the Police Service of Northern Ireland's cyber crime centre and the National Crime Agency.

The latest breach is the third in a spate of cyber incidents affecting TalkTalk in the last year.

Police confirmed that officers have also carried out a search at a residential property in Liverpool in connection with the cyber attack.

TalkTalk said it had been subjected to a "significant and sustained" attack on its website on October 21, which prompted fears that millions of people may have had their bank details stolen.

The telecoms giant has since said the data hacked was "significantly less than originally suspected" with fewer than 21,000 unique bank account numbers and sort codes accessed.

Fewer than 1.2 million customer email addresses, names and phone numbers were breached, along with fewer than 28,000 obscured credit and debit card details, and fewer than 15,000 customer dates of birth, the company said.

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