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Unemployed truckie charged over NBN hack attack

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Pic: Australian Federal Police speak with ex-truckie and alleged NBN hacker (right) after raiding his Cowra home this morning. (AFP)

An unemployed truckie who allegedly gave himself the online nickname ‘Evil’ has been refused bail over what police say could have been Australia’s biggest hacking attack.

Twenty-five-year-old David Cecil appeared in court in the New South Wales town of Orange to face more than 40 charges related to an alleged attempt to hack into the systems of Platform Networks, one of the 13 service providers for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Australian Federal Police officers arrested David Cecil yesterday at his home in Cowra after a six-month investigation which they say began when he started bragging about his plans in an internet chat room.

Police say David Cecil was working alone and could have caused considerable damage to Platform Networks‘ systems and to those of other companies. But they say the attack did not have the potential to cause serious disruption to the $36 billion NBN.

“What he’d basically done is that he’d tunnelled into their Platform Networks‘ system, he had bypassed their firewalls, he’d also bypassed all of their security systems,” Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan told ABC TV’s 7.30. “So he was in the position where he was mapping their infrastructure, which enabled him, if you like, to be in a position to compromise not only the network more broadly, but also the system where he could basically collapse it if it seemed necessary to do so.”

AFP commander Grant Edwards says the NBN was never on the verge of collapse because of Cecil‘s actions. Police allege that Cecil is a self-taught hacker and police say he spent up to 20 hours a day on his home computer as he worked on the attack.

They say a number of companies may have been compromised but do not believe that personal information has been accessed. David Cecil has been charged with 48 counts of unauthorised access to, or modification of restricted data. He has also been charged with one count of unauthorised modification of data to cause impairment. He has been held in custody to appear in court again on Friday.

Source: ABC News (