Aug 20, 2019

TalkTalk hacker Elliott Gunton took cryptocurrency for stolen data

A teenager who hacked TalkTalk has been sentenced for stealing personal data in exchange for hundreds of thousands of pounds in cryptocurrency. Elliott Gunton, 19, of Old Catton, near Norwich, was caught when his computer was seized during checks by police in April 2018. His computer revealed Gunton had offered to supply compromised personal data, including mobile phone numbers, for others to use for criminal purposes, such as intercepting calls and texts to commit fraud. Norfolk Police said that despite Gunton taking "Complex and sophisticated" measures to conceal and delete his activity, he had left fragments of conversations with others online where he discussed criminal activity. Under a Twitter account, in which he described himself as a "Full time crypto trader", Gunton tweeted in May last year: "Having lots of money is cool but having lots of money without people knowing is cooler".

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