The “Anonymous” group are a rambling and chaotic online collective often with good intentions.
Today the Australian Federal Police have announced they have arrested two members of the group for crimes including attacking computers here in Canberra.
Since 2012, people who claim to be members of ‘Anonymous’ have targeted a number of Australian government and corporate networks. These attacks have resulted in theft of personal data, defacement of websites and Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks causing websites to drop offline.
Of the two arrested an 18 year old from Penrith has been charged with:
- Unauthorised modification of data to Netspeed ISP located in Canberra, ACT, to cause impairment, contrary to Section 477.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995
- Unauthorised access to and modification of restricted data belonging to the ACT Long Service Leave Board, Canberra, ACT, contrary to 478.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The group announced itself to the world via a YouTube video in 2009.
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