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TalkTalk hack: Second teenager arrested over alleged data theft

Published 30/10/2015

Police are investigating a cyber attack on the TalkTalk website, the telecoms company has revealed.
Police are investigating a cyber attack on the TalkTalk website, the telecoms company has revealed.

A second teenager has been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of data from the communications company, TalkTalk.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offences on Thursday after the Metropolitan Police searched a home in Feltham in London.

He has been released on bail.

The development comes after a 15-year-old boy from County Antrim was arrested on Monday by the PSNI.

He was later released on police bail pending further investigation.

Following his arrest a number of media outlets reported the boy's identity.

The PSNI has urged organisations not to name the teen.

A police spokesman said: "Following the arrest of a 16-year-old youth in London by the Metropolitan Police Service, PSNI would take this opportunity to thank the majority of media outlets for their responsible reporting of the cyber attack involving TalkTalk.

"We are aware that some outlets and platforms have identified a 15-year-old youth arrested in County Antrim earlier this week as part of the investigation.

"We would continue to ask all media outlets not to identify this individual.

"Although he is a suspect in the investigation, which is continuing, he is also a juvenile and we would ask that he is not identified.

"Thank you for your consideration and co-operation is this regard."

The Metropolitan Police's Cyber Crime Unit is investigating the alleged theft alongside the National Crime Agency and the PSNI.

News that the TalkTalk website had been hit by a “significant and sustained cyber-attack” broke last week.

The phone and broadband provider, which has over four million UK customers, said banking details and personal information could have been accessed.

A criminal investigation was launched on Thursday.

The company said it did not know how much of their customer information had been encrypted.

At the weekend, TalkTalk’s chief executive said the attack was “smaller” than originally thought.

Anyone who believes they have been directly affected by the incident should visit TalkTalk.

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