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The TalkTalk Hack Could Have Been Carried Out By A 15-Year-Old

In our day, kids would get into trouble with the law for drinking a bottle of White Lightning down the park or graffiting a rude word on a bus stop.

How times have changed.

The Metropolitan Police have announced the arrest of a 15-year-old boy in Northern Ireland in connection with the cyber attack on TalkTalk.

The attack may have seen the bank details and personal information of TalkTalk's four million customers pinched. The company received a ransom email from the hacker/hackers demanding money in return for the stolen details.

"TalkTalk can confirm that we have been informed by the Metropolitan Police of the arrest of a suspect in connection with the cyber attack on our website on October 21," said a spokesperson from the phone and broadband provider.

"We know this has been a worrying time for customers and we are grateful for the swift response and hard work of the police. We will continue to assist in the ongoing investigation."

A Scotland Yard spokesman gave further details of the arrest made in connection to the hack: "At approximately 4.20pm [26 October], officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), working with detectives from the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit, executed a search warrant at an address in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

"At the address, a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offences.

"He has been taken into custody at a County Antrim police station where he will later be interviewed. A search of the address is ongoing and inquiries continue."

We didn't even know how the internet worked at 15. We'll bring you more news on the search for the hackers when it arrives.

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