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Hacker took minutes to take out the Aussie army

by on11 December 2012

What countless Japanese could not manage

A lone hacker nicked the personal details of thousands of Australian military staff during a blitzkrieg attack which only took a few minutes.

The raid, which breached a university database at the Australian Defence Force Academy in what the local police claim is the worst known cyber attacks on a government organisation in Australia. Several Anonymous websites host the stolen information, which includes a mix of names, identification numbers, passwords, email addresses and dates of birth of about 10,000 students and 1900 staff at the university.

The hacker, who goes by the handle Darwinare, said he completed his raid within three minutes and was shocked at the lack of security. The university insisted almost all of the stolen passwords were historical and could not have been used to access emails or other personal information.

Darwinare has previously breached the networks of online bookstore Amazon and at least two American universities. He said he joined in raids on Israeli government websites last month in response to that nation's airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. Apparently he took down the ADFA because he was bored.

Last modified on 11 December 2012
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