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Three to appear in court over TalkTalk hack

Part of broader investigation into alleged data theft

By Kat Hall, 18 Nov 2016

Three men are due to appear at the Old Bailey charged with various offences linked to an investigation into the mega TalkTalk hack a year ago.

The investigation was launched in October 2015 by the Met's Falcon Cyber Crime Unit following the hack in which 157,000 of its customers' personal details were accessed.

On Tuesday, 15 November, a 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty at Norwich Youth Court to seven offences under the Computer Misuse Act of 1990.

The boy was arrested in Norwich on 3 November last year and subsequently charged. He is due to be sentenced at Norwich Youth Court on 13 December.

The offences were all linked to the unauthorised access in October 2015 to data and programs on various organisations' websites including TalkTalk and Merit Badges as well as universities in Cambridge, Manchester, Sheffield, and Bournemouth.

As part of the wider investigation, detectives have also arrested three other individuals.

Daniel Kelley, of Llanelli, Wales, was charged on 26 September with various blackmail, cyber-crime and fraud offences, and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday, 18 November.

Matthew Hanley and Conner Douglas Allsopp, both from Tamworth, were charged on 26 September with cyber crime and fraud offences and are due to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday, 21 November.

The investigation into the alleged data theft from the TalkTalk website is a joint investigation led by the Met's Cyber Crime Unit with support from Police Service Northern Ireland, Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit, the National Crime Agency, and CERT UK (now the National Cyber Security Centre). ®

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