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Two Men involved in Talktalk Hack get Sentenced

Two men are recipients of a sentence for being involved in an extensive cyber-attack which targeted TalkTalk during 2015. Connor Allsop, aged 21 and Mathew Hanley, aged 23, both belonging to Staffordshire's Tamworth, pleaded guilty to accusations that they committed the hack. Consequently, they're recipients of punishment inside the Old Bailey requiring them to cover a combined twenty month period of incarceration - Allsop-8 months and Hanley-12 months.


When during October 2015, the hack occurred spanning 7 days, the two culprits had grabbed the personal information belonging to 156,959 consumers. The information consisted of contact info, sort codes, and bank A/C numbers. On October 21, TalkTalk found irregularities prompting them to start an investigation prior to cautioning their clients the next day.


In 2017, in a confession by Hanley it became known that he hacked the company's portal. Furthermore, he admitted to providing files having the information of TalkTalk's consumers which helped Allsop carry out fraud. Hanley had as well illegally acquired files which had NASA servers' passwords and names, all of which he obtained from one
Skype source going by the handle "little present."


And in days people came to know about the TalkTalk breach, authorities arrested Hanley. Officers from cyber-crime cell of the Metropolitan Police confiscated devices and PCs to conduct their forensic analysis. But, soon they detected about Hanley carrying out encryption of his computers' hard drives and even wiping them, thus making the forensic probe very difficult. Quite naturally, it made him concerned that police might tap on his door for the extremely sophisticated hack he was involved in. Securityboulevard.com posted this, November 20, 2018.


It follows that TalkTalk's systems were unfortunately little protected. It was also very easy that using some tools taken down online could help find SQL injection security flaws affecting TalkTalk's web-pages that were pretty easy to exploit.


When the hack hit the headlines on front page, Dido Harding the then CEO of TalkTalk tried shielding his company's slackened security. It, nevertheless, cost TalkTalk a 77m pound of lost business while the company had to pay a record 400K pounds in fine the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) imposed.

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