Police back off after Four Corners raid

The Australian Federal Police has said that it doesn't intend to take any action against the Melbourne man whose home was the subject of a raid televised on Four Corners earlier this year.

The Australian Federal Police has said that it doesn't intend to take any action against the Melbourne man whose home was the subject of a raid televised on Four Corners earlier this year.

"As a result of the search warrant no further action against the person of interest is anticipated at this time," a spokesperson for the Australian Federal Police told ZDNet.com.au.

The Federal Police said that it along with the South Australian Police had identified a number of people as "persons of interest" after an investigation into an Adelaide man who had been administering a forum which facilitated computer offences. This had led to further investigations and a search warrant.

The pre-dawn raid, where several computers and storage devices were seized, was broadcast on 17 August on ABC's Four Corners program, five days after the raid occurred. According to Four Corners, the man had allegedly been seeking to gain stolen credit card details and attempting to purchase his own botnet on the r00t-y0u.org forum which was under police control.

Following the airing of the program, computer forensics professionals voiced concerns about the handling of the evidence, saying that accessing the suspect's computers and entering search queries would damage the computer's value as evidence.