Dido Harding may wish TalkTalk had been hacked by Russian Islamists after all. A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with the cyber attack that has seen the telecoms company’s shares and reputation take a beating since it came to light last week.
The boy was arrested yesterday on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act and a house in County Antrim is being searched. Clearly, there’s no confirmation yet the police have got their guy, but investors were nonetheless relieved: the company’s shares have risen more than 9% this morning to around 245.6p, having dropped almost 13% yesterday.
Relief aside, the possibility that its website was compromised by a teenager is pretty embarrassing for TalkTalk (although if he is responsible, he’ll probably still have companies and government agencies queueing up for his services - even if he did nick the idea of Russian Islamist cyber-terrorists straight out of a Jack Bauer plotline). It's even more cringeworthy given that the attack was reportedly a relatively run-of-the mill SQL injection (malicious code that tricks a system into allowing its data to be downloaded) - which Harding mistakenly called a 'sequential attack'.