Scotland Yard cyber crime officers investigating the TalkTalk hack arrested a 15-year old boy in Antrim.
The boy has now been released on bail.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said Police Service of Northern Ireland officers, working with its cyber crime detectives, made an arrest “in connection with the investigation into alleged data theft from the TalkTalk website” on Monday evening.
On Monday, 26 October, at approximately 16:20hrs officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), working with detectives from the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit (MPCCU), 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,” said the police spokesperson. “A search of the address is ongoing and enquiries continue. This is a joint investigation by MPCCU detectives, the PSNI’s Cyber Crime Centre (CCC) and the National Crime Agency.”
Anyone who believes they have been directly affected by this alleged data theft should visit http://help2.talktalk.co. uk/oct22incident
Further crime prevention advice concerning this incident can be obtained from the Action Fraud website www.actionfraud. police.uk
Further advice on staying safe online and protecting your identify can be obtained from Get Safe Online via www.getsafeonline.org
In a statement Talk Talk, whose security procedures have been criticised by politicians and experts because this is the third known hack, said: “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 with the ongoing investigation.
“In the meantime, we advise customers to visit http://talktalk.co.uk/secure for updates and information regarding this incident.”