[ISN] Hacker jailed for revenge sewage attacks

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Date: Thu Nov 01 2001 - 02:13:24 PST

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    By Tony Smith
    Posted: 31/10/2001 at 15:55 GMT
    An Australian man was today sent to prison for two years after he was
    found guilty of hacking into the Maroochy Shire, Queensland
    computerised waste management system and caused millions of litres of
    raw sewage to spill out into local parks, rivers and even the grounds
    of a Hyatt Regency hotel.
    "Marine life died, the creek water turned black and the stench was
    unbearable for residents," said Janelle Bryant of the Australian
    Environmental Protection Agency.
    The Maroochydore District Court heard that 49-year-old Vitek Boden had
    conducted a series of electronic attacks on the Maroochy Shire sewage
    control system after a job application he had made was rejected by the
    area's Council. At the time he was employed by the company that had
    installed the system.
    Boden made at least 46 attempts to take control of the sewage system
    during March and April 2000. On 23 April, the date of Boden's last
    hacking attempt, police who pulled over his car found radio and
    computer equipment.
    Later investigations found Boden's laptop had been used at the time of
    the attacks and his hard drive contained software for accessing and
    controlling the sewage management system.
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