Pair jailed over TalkTalk hack where data of 157,000 customers was stolen

2 min


Two men have been jailed over a hack where the data of about 157,000 TalkTalk customers was stolen.

Matthew Hanley, 23, was jailed at the Old Bailey for 12 months for his part in the 2015 crime.

His associate, Connor Allsopp, 21, was sentenced to eight months in jail for his lesser role in the hack.

In court, Judge Anuja Dhir QC said it was a tragedy to find “two individuals of such extraordinary talent” in the dock.

She told the pair: “You were both involved in a significant, sophisticated systematic hack attack in a computer system used by TalkTalk.

“The prosecution accept that neither of you exposed the vulnerability in their systems, others started it, but you at different times joined in.”

The court had heard that the 2015 hack had cost the company £77m, although this figure was reached by the company’s chief financial officer and not an independent body.

The pair appeared at the Old Bailey, where they denied all charges
The pair were jailed at the Old Bailey

TalkTalk was fined a record £400,000 for its shoddy security practices over the incident.

Check out our sponsor before clicking proceed to vote, Thank you <3

At the time, an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) declared that insufficient security at the company allowed customer data to be accessed “with ease”.

The ICO found that TalkTalk could have prevented the data breach in October 2015 if the firm had taken basic steps to protect customers’ information.

“For no good reason, TalkTalk appears to have overlooked the need to ensure it had robust measures in place despite having the financial and staffing resources available,” the ICO report concluded.

The hack saw the personal details of 156,959 customers accessed, including their names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers and email addresses.

The company was again fined £100,000 last year when another ICO investigation found customer data was being used by scammers at a call centre in India.

Like it? Share with your friends!




Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
The Classic Internet Listicles
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Photo or GIF
GIF format