THE 17-YEAR OLD who admitted to seven offences related to the TalkTalk hack has been given a 12-month rehabilitation order and had his iPhone and hard drive confiscated.
The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested in Norwich in November 2015 and charged with breaching the Computer Misuse Act 1990 following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police's Cyber Crime Unit.
Norwich Youth Court was told he had used legitimate software to identify vulnerabilities on target websites. While he did not exploit the information for monetary gain, the TalkTalk website was targeted more than 14,000 times after the flaw was exposed.
This led to attacks on TalkTalk that resulted in the personal data of almost 160,000 people, and the banking details of 15,656 people, being accessed.
Speaking at the time, the teen said: "I didn't think of the consequences at the time. I was just showing off to my mates. It was a passion, not anymore. I won't let it happen again. I have grown up," he added.
A raid on the teen's home last year revealed that he had been involved in attacks on other websites including Manchester University and Cambridge University.
TalkTalk was fined £400,000 for the breach, which was discounted by 20 per cent for early payment, in an attack that Christopher Graham, information commissioner at the time, described as a "car crash".
TalkTalk also warned in November that it still struggles in its core broadband subscription market in the wake of the attack. The company lost 98,000 retail subscribers in the first half of the year, but gained 69,000 via wholesale deals with third parties, resulting in a net loss of 29,000 subscribers. µ
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