Following the news about TalkTalk story that a 17 year old has admitted to hacking the company, Laurance Dine, Managing Principal, Investigative Response at Verizon Enterprise Solution commented below.
Laurance Dine, Managing Principal, Investigative Response at Verizon Enterprise Solutions:
“The fact that a 17-year-old was able to breach the defences of a major organisation and steal the personal data of 160,000 customers using a piece of off-the-shelf hacking software is a little sobering to say the least. What it shows is that hackers don’t need to be particularly innovative to be successful. Indeed, the DBIR 2016 showed that many cybercriminals are still using the same old tactics they’ve been using for years, because they still work. The fallout from this incident has made clear the potential consequences of an organisation failing to secure its IT systems, so it’s vital that we learn these lessons and take care of the basics, to ensure that we aren’t giving hackers an easy ride in the future.”