The UK based 20 years experienced TalkTalk Company which had businesses in broadband, telecoms and mobile network solutions got hacked in 2015.yesterday two friends who took part in TalkTalk website have been jailed. So here’s all you should know about the £77m hack.
Back on October 21, 2015, the UK based company TalkTalk had massive data breach against its website as it was believed to have compromised the financial and personal information of four million TalkTalk customers.
TalkTalk Managing Director Trista Harrison confirmed on the same day that the company suffered a “significant and sustained cyber attack” and more than 15,600 bank account numbers and sort codes were stolen. Due to this news, its shares had lost about a third of their value.
Initially, four suspects a 20-year-old from Staffordshire, a 16-year-old boy from west London and a 15-year boy from Northern Ireland, a boy of 16 in Norwich have been arrested over the hack. All these boys got bail and released from this case as a 23-year-old Matthew Hanley and 21-year-old Connor Allsopp from Staffordshire admitted their roles in this massive data breach.
Hanley a black hat hacker shared details of more than 8,000 customers with Allsopp. And for demanding Bitcoin in exchange for the stolen data and for causing misery and distress to the many thousands of the customers at TalkTalk Hanley was jailed for 12 months and Allsopp for eight.
Uk judge Anuja Dhir said it’s a waste of ‘extraordinary talent’ as these hackers not only hacked TalkTalk but also obtained passwords for US space agency NASA.
Hanley said he attacked the broadband provider’s site by a combined Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) assault and an SQL Injection exploit.
As the black hat hacker deleted the data from his computer and from Skype chats before his arrest Rob Burrows Investigating officer from the Met Police’s Falcon Cyber Crime Unit, said this black hat hacker thought he was clever covering his tracks, destroying and concealing evidence on his computers.
He added we brought him into the real world by our team whose specialist skills the extensive investigation and technical expertise paved our ways. And our investigation once again proved regardless of the efforts and techniques deployed by cybercriminals to conceal their activities and identities, they will leave a trace and will be identified, pursued and prosecuted.