TalkTalk hack attack: Friends admit cyber crime charges

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Two Staffordshire men admitted charges after an attack on the TalkTalk website

Two friends have admitted their part in a £42m hack attack on the TalkTalk website.

Matthew Hanley, 22, and Connor Allsopp, 20, admitted charges relating to the massive data breach in October 2015.

The Old Bailey heard Hanley hacked into the telecom giant’s website and shared a customer’s personal and financial details with Allsopp.

The pair, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, were told they would be sentenced in May.

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Hanley supplied data for hacking to another man and gave Allsopp the personal and financial details of a TalkTalk customer for the use in fraud.

Allsopp admitted supplying a customer’s details for fraud and as well as files for hacking.

Hanley, of Devonshire Drive, denied other charges of hacking into Nasa, the National Climatic Data Centre and another 23 websites including Spotify, Telstra, the RAC and The Eton Collection which were ordered to lie on file.

Allsopp, of Coronation Street, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Judge Michael Topolski QC ordered reports for both defendants and adjourned sentencing until 31 May.