Feeds

'Anons' cuffed by Australian Federal Police

Two arrested for attacks on Indonesian and Australian websites

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) claim to have arrested two chaps who conducted defacement and denial of service attacks on Indonesian and Australian government websites while using the name and iconography of Anonymous.

The AFP says a 40-year-old from Scarborough in Western Australia has been charged with aiding “the unauthorised modification of Melbourne IT Limited computer network located in Brisbane, Queensland to cause impairment” and “Unauthorised modification of Indonesian Government web servers, to cause impairment”. This suspect has been charged under Section 477.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995, which allows for up to ten years imprisonment.

The Reg understands the 40-year-old may operate under the name "Lorax". It is of course very hard to know if that is the same "Lorax" that broadcasts on Anonymous Radio. The Australian Broadcasting Corporatio reports the man who fronted the court was one Adam John Bennett and he was released on condition he not use the internet for anything other than "banking, employment and legal advice."

An 18-year-old from Penrith in New South Wales has been charged with “unauthorised modification of data to Netspeed ISP located in Canberra, ACT, to cause impairment” and “Unauthorised access to and modification of restricted data belonging to the ACT Long Service Leave Board, Canberra, ACT.” This suspect has been charged under Section 477.2 for the first charge and 478.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 for the second. The latter can see the guilty do two years behind bars.

The AFP's statement on the arrests says “It will be alleged in court that these two men were known to each other online and targeted organisations including a large internet service provider and web servers hosting Australian and Indonesian government websites.” It's not clear if the two stand accused of acting in concert. That each has been charged with different offences suggests they were not collaborators.

The force executed search warrants yesterday, and says “A number of computer hard drives and other equipment were seized during the warrants,” adding that “It is anticipated that it will take several months to analyse these items due to the amount of information stored on them.”

The crimes of which the 18-year-old stands accused are of course serious. But the 40-year-old looks a bigger prize, as Australia/Indonesia relations are fraught. Cuffing someone accused of attacking Indonesia will go down very well in the world's fourth-most-populous nation.

That Anonymous Australia and Anonymous Indonesia fought a brief skirmish in November 2013 adds further interest to the case. There's no evidence the 40-year-old was a combatant, but the AFP characterises the investigation that resulted in the arrests as “long-term”, so it's conceivable they've been watching the suspect before – or since – the November 2013 incidents. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.