Talktalk Hacker Daniel Kelley Punished To Four Years
A man who was involved in a major hack attack of telecoms firm TalkTalk has been punished to four years’ custody.
Daniel Kelley, 22, from Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, begged guilty in 2016 to 11 charges including participation in the attack where the personal data of more than 150,000 clienteles was taken.
Kelley will serve his punishment in a young offender’s organization.
He was punished at the Old Bailey on Monday.
Email addresses and bank details were taken after TalkTalk’s website was breached in 2015, with the total cost to the company from multiple hackers estimated at £77m.
Kelley’s hacking crimes also complicated half a dozen organizations, including a Welsh further education college, Coleg Sir Gar, where he was a student.
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Kelley curved to hacking when he unsuccessful to get the GCSE grades to get on to a computer course, the court heard.
He hacked the college “out of spite” before targeting firms in Canada, Australia and the UK – including TalkTalk which has four million customers.
The 22-year-old has Asperger’s syndrome and has hurt from depression and dangerous weight loss since he begged guilty to the 11 hacking-related crimes in 2016, the court heard.
Judge Mark Dennis told the Old Bailey that Kelley hacked computers “for his own personal satisfaction” regardless of the damage caused.
He went to blackmail company bosses, revealing a “cruel and calculating side to his character”, he said, though a blackmail charge was previously dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Between September 2013 and November 2015, he involved in a wide range of hacking activities, using stolen data to blackmail individuals and companies.
Despite efforts at anonymity, his crimes were exposed in his online activities.
The court heard how Kelley was just 16 when he hacked into Coleg Sir Gar out of “spite or revenge”, causing widespread disruption to students and teachers and affecting the Welsh Government Public Sector network – including schools, councils, hospitals and emergency facilities.
Mr. Ratliff said Kelley had been “utterly ruthless” as he endangered to ruin companies by freeing clients’ personal and credit card details.
But he only received £4,400 worth of Bitcoins through all his blackmail attempts, having made demands for more than £115,000.
Mr. Ratliff said Kelley get “personal satisfaction and interest from the power he wielded” over his victims.
Kelley sometimes worked with a hacking collective named Team Hans, the court heard.
If people declined to pay up, he would offer their details for sale on the dark web.
He was also found to be in control of computer files containing thousands of credit card details.
Mitigating, Dean George QC appealed to the judge not impose a jail punishment on a young man who hurt with “severe depression”.