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A 15-year-old boy arrested on Monday in connection with last week’s hack of TalkTalk has been released on bail, according to Sky News.
The British broadband and telephone provider’s website was hacked last Wednesday, putting up to 4 million customers’ data at risk, the company said.
On Monday, Northern Irish police arrested a teenager in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on suspicion of offences relating to the Computer Misuse Act.
A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland told Sky News that “the investigation being conducted by the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit, Police Service of Northern Ireland and National Crime Agency is continuing.”
TalkTalk says it has received a ransom note from someone claiming to be the hacker following the attack, which reportedly demanded £80,000 in bitcoin.
The company said on its website customer bank details and personal information may have been accessed in the attack, but sensitive financial information had been protected. TalkTalk said it will only waive contract termination fees for customers that have money stolen from them following the hack.
TalkTalk shares rose 10% Monday morning following news of the arrest.