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UK Police Make Third Arrest Over TalkTalk Cyber Attack (reuters.com) 61

An anonymous reader writes: British police have made a third arrest in connection with a cyber attack this month on telecoms company TalkTalk, in which the company said bank details of more than 20,000 customers were hacked. We mentioned the first of the three arrests on Monday; a second arrest took place Thursday, as related by Ars Technica, of a 16-year-old from west London. The latest arrest is of a 20-year-old from Staffordshire.
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UK Police Make Third Arrest Over TalkTalk Cyber Attack

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  • with anything: guns, knives, or internet access.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      The homicide rate per 100k in the US is 3.55, but only 0.05 in the UK so the fact is that we can't trust the people with guns. Can't trust the people with guns.

  • Belongs here https://youtu.be/5ixRWvrkUHo [youtu.be]
  • Hmmmm (Score:5, Interesting)

    by khasim ( 1285 ) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Saturday October 31, 2015 @06:25PM (#50839683)

    And that is why I find it difficult to believe all the claims of "Chinese hackers" who are "attacking" sites.

    Teenagers can crack a telecom. It isn't because the kids are that good. It's because so many organizations are that bad at basic security.

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Maybe... We don't know what these people's involvement was. They could just be useful idiots from 8chan co-opted into the DDOS attack. There are tools like LOIC that people post to 8chan so others can join a DDOS attack in a single click. The software is pre-configured with the target, but of course half the time when they think they are hammering some evil feminist they are actually helping someone blackmail a commercial site.

      They could also just be people whose computers were infected with a remote access

      • I suggest that TalkTalk's security was so bad that several people independently performed attacks against it via SQL injections. It's like a jewellery store finding the store empty in the morning, after not closing the door over night. There are probably multiple independent people who took away as much as they could carry.
  • At some point, someone will have to explain what TalkTalk is, how it being hacked is relevant to IT (why do we care?), etc.

    All I have is a website / service being hacked by some teenagers...News @ 11.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by 91degrees ( 207121 )
      British Internet and mobile phone company.

      Quite a large one. Lots of customers. We'd really expect a company this size to be able to resist some teenage script kiddies. The nature of the breech means that a lot of customer details have been compromised.
    • They are one of the big four telecoms / internet companies in the UK. The others are BT, Sky and Virgin. I believe they are the second largest in the internet market, Sky is bigger because it also does satellite TV.

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