Govt outlines extent of 'Evil' hack

Summary:Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland has outlined the scope of the alleged attacks on Australian businesses by the hacker known under the alias of "Evil".

Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland has outlined the scope of the alleged attacks on Australian businesses by the hacker known under the alias of "Evil".

The 25-year-old Cowra man was yesterday charged with 49 offences relating to an attack on wholesale internet provider Platform Networks. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has alleged that he bypassed Platform Network's security for at least six weeks. The police had started an investigation in January following an attack on the University of Sydney's website.

Although he has not yet been charged for attacks on businesses outside of Platform Networks, McClelland yesterday confirmed that the recent attack on hosting provider Distribute.IT was part of the investigation, as the company claimed yesterday.

"The affected companies include Distribute.IT, Sydney University, Better Off Networks and Platform Networks," McClelland said in a statement.

Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said the impact on Distribute.IT had been devastating to the business.

"Cybercrime is not a victimless crime. The AFP continues to investigate the attack on Distribute.IT, which resulted in it going into receivership. About 150,000 of its customers were affected and up to $5 million in damages was sustained," O'Connor said.

The AFP yesterday confirmed to ZDNet Australia that investigations into the extent of the hack were still ongoing and further charges may be laid in due course.

Topics: Government, Government : AU, Security, Telcos

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