Anti-filter activist evades criminal record

A 19-year-old Melbourne student who pled guilty to four charges relating to distributed denial-of-service attacks on the Prime Minister's website has escaped a criminal conviction.

A 19-year-old Melbourne student who pled guilty to four charges relating to distributed denial-of-service attacks on the Prime Minister's website has escaped a criminal conviction.

Steve Slayo, a high school student at the time of the first attacks in September, was part of a group of thousands which launched attacks on the websites of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as well as Communications Minister Stephen Conroy in protest over the government's planned mandatory internet service provider level internet filter.

Late last month, Slayo pled guilty to four charges, including inciting others to impair electronic communications and two charges of unauthorised access to restricted data.

The ABC reported yesterday that Slayo has escaped a criminal conviction in his sentence because the magistrate deemed Slayo to be an "intelligent and gifted student whose future would be damaged by a criminal record".

The Melbourne Magistrates Court told ZDNet Australia that Slayo has received a 12-month $500 Commonwealth bond as his sentence.