AFP charge Victorian man over hacking allegations

High tech crime operations unit claim 33-year-old hacked more than 90 internet accounts

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested a 33-year-old Victorian man with allegations he hacked into more than 90 internet accounts.

The man has been under suspicion by the AFP’s high tech crime operations unit since last September after being notified by an Australian telco.

The man allegedly hacked into nearly a hundred private and business internet accounts, downloading data and conducting other fraudulent activities. In a statement, the AFP said he managed to access account details through customers’ modems. The telco reset passwords after the warning, but that the man tried again to unlawfully access the accounts of its customers.

The nature of the data stolen is not yet known.

Computer equipment was confiscated and the man arrested after a search warrant was executed yesterday. He will now face Dandenong Magistrates Court this week over computer intrusion-related charges, such as unauthorised access, modification or impairment with the intent to commit a serious offence.

National manager of high tech crime operations and AFP Assistant Commissioner, Neil Gaughan, said the arrest should remind people to protect their safety online.

“Anyone can be targeted by criminals online, it’s important to be aware of the risks and take appropriate action to protect personal information,” he said in a statement.

“Members of the public need to ensure they choose strong passwords for online accounts which they update regularly, using a combination of capital letters, numbers and symbols to ensure they are difficult to decipher."

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