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The teenager who hacked TalkTalk three years ago has been hauled before court charged with computer misuse offences after allegedly amassing a Bitcoin fortune worth more than £300,000. Elliot Gunton, who pleaded guilty in 2016 to hacking Brit ISP TalkTalk, was said to be selling stolen personal data on cybercrime forums and …

  1. Blockchain commentard Silver badge
    Childcatcher

    Well, he had an iPhone. Guilty as charged m'lord.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I know the police are cash strapped but does anyone else not see the problem with relying on the honesty of a known offender? I know we hope people want to avoid re-offending but "Trust but verify" comes to mind

    "Our unit does not have specialist software for home visits and we have to rely on the honesty of the offender,"

    1. phuzz Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Well, like you say, the police are cash strapped. Austerity dontcherknow.

      What's that, MPs just got a 2.7% pay rise? I'm sure that's totally justified. Totally.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      When you think about bail conditions e.g. reporting to a police station at specific times, curfews etc. There's a lot of faith put in offenders.

  3. Irongut

    "they ban the offender from using private browsing mode, deleting browser history or doing anything else that prevents unskilled police employees on home visits from trawling through an offender's internet activities"

    ROFL. If they are unskilled how would they even know if you were hiding your dodgy activity? There are so many ways to hide activity from using a different browser that you just don't disclose to using a VM for your dodgy browsing. That supposed punishment is laughably unenforcable.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      or even have another laptop tucked under the bed?

      ROTFLOL indeed.

  4. vogon00

    According to a DC Hollis (First name 'Reginald'?) "...we have to rely on the honesty of the offender,".

    Anyone know how to edit the O.E.D online? I suspect the their definition of 'Optimism' needs a large update. Possibly to Noun. See 'Norfolk Constabulary' ".

  5. clyde666

    bling

    Lost any sympathy for him as soon as I saw he'd spent money on a Rolex

    1. Luke 11

      Re: bling

      Funny that as I lost any sympathy for him when this article mentioned he was a sex offender. Funny how different people have different priorities.

    2. GruntyMcPugh Silver badge

      Re: bling

      Well, Mounteney Close looks more like a place where you'd park a mobility scooter, rather than a flash car, so I guess at least a Rolex in a safe doesn't attract attention. All Bungalows,.... does he live with his grandparents?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So, underpants on head, pencils up nose?

    And, of course, claim to possess the autism du jour. Fine. It's not like he's being extradited to the US. Give him a fair trial and, if found guilty, the judge can do as he/she sees fit.

  7. DontFeedTheTrolls Silver badge
    Big Brother

    "earned his Bitcoin wealth by selling stolen Instagram data on an unnamed internet forum, including posts where Gunton allegedly claimed to have "fresh to market" details of "high tier" Instagram users"

    Hopefully they are going to name the unnamed Internet forum and Instagram users, or is the above as deep as the burden of proof goes for convictions these days...

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