Daniel Kelley from Llanelli, Carmarthenshire pleaded guilty to the Talktalk hack in 2016 and was sentenced today to 4 years imprisonment at the Old Bailey for his involvement in the Talktalk hacking in 2015 where the website was breached and the total cost to the company was estimated at £77 million.
Other Hacking Offences
In addition to the Talktalk hack, he also pleaded guilty to computer hacking offences relating to six other organisations including Coleg Sir Gar, a Welsh college, where he had attended as a student but failed to obtain the GCSE grades required to sit a computer course.
The Information Breached as a Result of the Hacking
During the Talktalk hack personal customer information was taken including email addresses and bank details when it was breached in 2015 by multiple hackers.
He also attacked companies in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.
He is 22 years old and suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome as well as depressions since pleading guilty to 11 hacking offences.
HHJ Mark Dennis said that Daniel Kelley had hacked computers for personal gratification and was alleged to have gone on to blackmail individuals, the charges relating to which had been dropped by the CPS.
Between September 2013 and November 2015 Daniel Kelley is alleged to have taken part in different hacking activities including the use of stolen information to blackmail individuals.
The Hacking of Coleg Sit Gar
The hacking of Coleg Sir Gar had caused disruption to students and staff and had affected the Welsh Government’s Public Sector Network that also included emergency services and hospitals including Radiologists who had lost access to image services leading to a ‘serious clinical risk’.
Following his arrest, Daniek Kelley then continued hacking activities in threatening companies with releasing personal and bank card details, however, of the £115,000 he demanded from victims, he received £4,400 of Bitcoin payments and would offer details of those who did not pay for sale on the dark web.
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