[ISN] Alleged Hacker Charged In Australia

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Date: Wed Feb 20 2002 - 00:18:02 PST

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    By John Stackhouse, Computer Daily News
    18 Feb 2002, 3:16 AM CST
    After alleged break-ins to databases at Australia's No. 2 telco Optus,
    police raided a home in the Southeastern Sydney suburb of Kingsford,
    arrested a 21-year-old man and charged him with unauthorized access to
    a computer system and two counts of unauthorized modification of data
    with intent to cause impairment.
    The charges are brought under new legislation that only came into
    force last year.
    Police said a man has been bailed to appear at Waverley Court on Mar.  
    6. They also said they had seized a computer and other equipment and
    Local media say the man is a former Optus employee and that Optus
    confirms this, although he cannot be named.
    Police say the tip-off that someone had been hacking into systems
    "within a major telecommunications company" came after the company
    found "inconsistencies" in its systems and complained that an unknown
    person had been accessing restricted areas in its databases.
    Media reports say the Commercial Crime Agency concluded after a month
    investigating intrusions into restricted areas that they were being
    done by an insider. Several databases were reportedly altered.
    Optus Corporate Affairs Manager Stephen Woodhill admitted the intruder
    broke into the databases but said no damage was caused and no customer
    records were accessed or damaged.
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