A TEENAGER has appeared in court accused of hacking internet giant TalkTalk to obtain customer data before demanding a six-figure blackmail payment in Bitcoins.
Daniel Kelley, 19, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today accused of demanding 465 Bitcoins, worth about £216,000, from the London company after allegedly carrying out a cyber attack on its website in October last year.
Daniel Kelley is accused of hacking internet giant TalkTalk to get customer data
He is also accused of carrying out similar attacks and making blackmail demands in Bitcoins against companies and their workers.
Those allegedly targeted include cigarette lighter manufacturer Zippo and an educational business in Queensland, Australia.
Kelley, of Heol Dinbych in Llanelli, South Wales, faces 14 charges – eight of blackmail, four computer hacking offences and two fraud offences.
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In total, he is accused of trying to obtain 593 Bitcoins worth about £276,300.
The court heard he was arrested in November last year and charged by Scotland Yard detectives on Monday.
He entered no pleas and was released on conditional bail to appear at the Old Bailey on October 10.