An Australian teenager has accepted a caution from police rather than face hacking charges for discovering a vulnerability in the website of one of the country’s public transport authorities late last year.
Joshua Rogers of Melbourne accepted the caution, he told IDG News Service via email yesterday. He will not face charges, and the caution – an acknowledgement that he broke the law – will be expunged from his record in five years if he does not commit the same offense in that period.
Hackers in Australia, Canada, Asia and Europe have flooded chatrooms, online forums and websites in recent days complaining about their homes being raided and computers seized by authorities.
The FBI and federal prosecutors in New York plan to announce the results of US raids as soon as Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Office of the Australian Information Commission (OAIC) has confirmed it won’t hold organisations accountable for the exposure of personal information when accessed via a cyber attack, as long as the Office is satisfied with the level of security in place within the targeted systems.
New privacy rules strengthening the enforcement power of the OAIC come into effect in 12 March 2014.
The United States police investigation into the Silk Road marketplace has seen a Brisbane man arrested by Australian Federal Police on allegations of violating American narcotics laws.
In the indictment filed at the New York southern district court, US authorities allege that 40-year-old Peter Philip Nash was the primary moderator on Silk Road discussion forums.
New slides leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the Australian government was willing to share vast amounts of uncensored data that it collected on its citizens with a number of other countries around the world.
The slides from April 2008, first reported by The Guardian, show the willingness of the Australian government, through the Australian Signals Directorate, to hand over large amounts of metadata on its citizens to the other governments of the Five Eyes group — the United States, Canada, Britain, and New Zealand.