One of the hackers who carried out the TalkTalk hack, a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been handed an £85 fine and 12-months youth rehabilitation order, after being told by a magistrate to “put his IT skills to better use”.
The ruling follows the TalkTalk hack, where the company experienced a "significant and sustained" attack on its websites on October 21 2015, later admitting that the attack cost it £42 million.
The teenager was also accusedof causing TalkTalk's website to be targeted more than 14,000 times after he shared details of the security flaw online, Norwich Youth Court was told.
According to The Telegraph newspaper, the boy told told magistrates, "I was just showing off to my mates", and admitted to seven hacking offences.
Sentenced on Tuesday, chairman of the bench Jean Bonnick told the boy: "Your IT skills will always be there – just use them legally in the future."
Laura Tams from the Crown Prosecution Service said: "This case involved the deliberate exposure of a security issue on the TalkTalk website which is used by thousands of people every day.”
A TalkTalk spokeswoman said: “The Metropolitan Police and the CPS have worked hard to find those responsible for the cyber-attack, and we are pleased that their investigations have led to a successful prosecution. We hope that this outcome will encourage other companies to inform their customers and the police quickly when they are attacked.”