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15-year-old Northern Irish boy released in TalkTalk hacking probe

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
15-year-old Northern Irish boy released in TalkTalk hacking probe

A 15-year-old County Antrim boy arrested on suspicion of hacking the private details of customers of telecommunications giant TalkTalk has been released.

The phone and broadband provider, which has over four million customers in the UK, admitted last week that customers' personal banking information could have been accessed in the attack.

After an investigation was launched by the PSNI's Cyber Crime Centre, the National Crime Agency and the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit, the boy was arrested on suspicion of breaching the Computer Misuse Act.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told reporters last night: "There have been no other arrests at this stage and it is difficult to speculate where the investigation will go as enquiries are ongoing.

"At approximately 4.20pm, officers from the PSNI, working with detectives from the MPCCU, executed a search warrant at an address in Co Antrim.

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

"A search of the address is ongoing and enquiries continue."

Estimates state that TalkTalk could face a loss of over £75m as a result of the attack.

The attack had previously been claimed by a group of Islamic extremists.