Arrest in TalkTalk Hack

Arrest in TalkTalk Hack

According to CNBC, A 15-year old boy has been arrested in relation to the hack of a U.K. phone company which was feared as one of the U.K.’s biggest ever cybersecurity attacks. The phone and broadband service provider told the BBC that the personal bank information of over 4 million customers in the U.K. may have been accessed in the attack on Oct. 21 (New York Daily News). The hacker reportedly wanted more than $122,368 in bitcoin from TalkTalk in exchange for the customer data.

Per the Independent, the age of the suspect stunned security experts after it was assumed that a larger group such as ISIS terrorists or another country was behind the massive breach. After being questioned on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act, the 15-year-old boy was freed on bail Tuesday morning (The Guardian). This proves that technology comprehension knows no age boundaries.

Our Analysis

The news that the TalkTalk website had been breached by a cyber attack broke last week. An investigation soon followed leading to the arrest of a potential suspect. Regardless of the age of the suspect, this is still a significant breach. Personal information was compromised and allegedly ransomed for bitcoin in exchange not to release the data. According to BBC News, Business leaders have called for urgent action to tackle cyber crime in the wake of the TalkTalk attack. This is the right step forward. Unfortunately it takes a data leak to put cyber crime in the forefront of businesses. Once the attack has been made public, then the company loses the trust of the public.

Cyber attacks are becoming all to common with high profile companies. From the Ashley Madison attack to U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack, it is apparent that in this age, most companies need to revisit their infrastructure. Also these companies should be continuously exploring options into tightening their security posture to increase the chances to prevent the next high profile cyber attack.

Other High Profile Breaches:

Experian (includes T-Mobile)
Scottrade
Trump Hotels
Tesla and Chrysler (unrelated to each other)
Apple App Store
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Kaspersky & FireEye (unrelated to each other)
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ashley Madison
Ashley Madison (follow up)


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References

CNBC
New York Daily News
Independent
The Guardian
BBC News


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About Scott Entsminger

Scott Entsminger was born and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. Scott has worked for the Department of Defense since graduating college. He is an expert in Windows Administration; with specific experience in Group Policy and vulnerability remediation. He also has specific experience in Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Security.

Scott holds the CompTIA Security+ certification. He is always looking to diversify his skillset. Scott is an avid sports fan, particularly baseball. He also is an avid gamer and enjoys learning different skills involving his PC.