A teenager in Northern Ireland suspected of playing a part in the cyberattack on British telco TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC has been arrested, police said Monday.
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A teenager in Northern Ireland suspected of playing a part in the cyberattack on British telco TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC has been arrested, police here said Monday. The development is the first major breakthrough in the case, opened Oct. 22 after a “significant and sustained” breach of TalkTalk’s website that the company said could have resulted in the loss of millions of customers’ personal data. Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s specialist cybercrime unit arrested the unnamed 15-year-old boy on suspicion of breaking the U.K.’s Computer Misuse Act shortly after 4 p.m. local time, the police said in a statement. Officers from the cybercrime unit and the Northern Irish police force continued to search a property in County Antrim for evidence late Monday, said the police. The suspect remains in custody and is being questioned. In the U.K., criminal suspects aren’t named before formal charges are laid, though even if the teen is charged with a criminal offense, he is unlikely to be named by authorities due to laws designed to protect underage offenders.