TalkTalk hack: industry hits back after Daily Mail targets ‘gaming addict’

The gaming industry has hit back after theDaily Mail claimed a suspect arrested in connection with the TalkTalk hack was a “violent video game addict”.

The UKIE, the UK’s games industry body, told WIRED that there was “no link between addiction or antisocial behaviour” and playing games in a “balanced” way.

After TalkTalk was hit by a major cyberattack — its second this year — a teenage boy from Northern Ireland was arrested on Monday and charged with offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

Although the teenager, who cannot be named, has been released on bail and authorities are still investigating whether he has any connection to the ransom demands sent to TalkTalk, he has become the figurehead for one of the UK’s most significant data breaches. And his actions are already being linked to violent video games.

“Games are played by millions of people safely and sensibly every day and the games industry takes its responsibility towards players, especially younger ones, seriously,” Dr Jo Twist, CEO of UKIE said in response to the Daily Mail’s claims. “Just like any other mature medium, games deal with adult themes, but the PEGI age ratings are robust and there to guide parents and children around what content is appropriate for different ages.”


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