Saturday 20 January 2018

Adrian Weckler: Blame the bogeyman - TalkTalk needs better excuses and better security

The TalkTalk Headquarters in west London
The TalkTalk Headquarters in west London
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

What happens when you tell the world your major data breach was a sophisticated international gang - but the only one arrested is a 15-year-old boy?

That's the situation now facing TalkTalk, the British telecoms and broadband company. For the past week, the firm has been solemnly evoking suggestions of crack international criminal syndicates or cyber-terrorists as potential culprits for the hacking incident that exposed up to four million of its customers' sensitive data.

But on Monday, police arrested a 15-year-old boy in Antrim in connection with the incident. Either the boy, who has not yet been charged or officially named, is a tech genius on his way to the American National Security Agency, or TalkTalk's management face some stern post-hacking questions.

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