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Australian charged with hacking broadband system


An unemployed truck driver was charged yesterday with hacking into an Australian broadband network provider in an alleged crime that police say could have caused significant damage to the national Internet infrastructure.

David Cecil, 25, was charged in a court in New South Wales state with hacking into one of the National Broadband Network’s service providers and numerous other businesses and Web sites in Australia and overseas since May.

Police said there was no evidence that any personal information had been stolen from any of the businesses hacked.

Orange Local Court registrar Ailsa Ryder accepted prosecutors’ submission that Cecil could destroy evidence if he were released and denied him bail.

The investigation began in January, when Sydney University reported that its Web site had been hacked and defaced.

Cecil has been in police custody since he was arrested at his house in the rural town of Cowra on Tuesday night. His next court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow, when he is likely to seek bail. He has not entered any plea.

Before yesterday’s court hearing, Australian Federal Police manager Grant Edwards told reporters that Cecil “could have potentially caused considerable damage to Australia’s national infrastructure by attacking the National Broadband Network.”

The Sydney-based wholesale Internet provider, Platform Networks, is one of 13 contracted by the government-owned company NBN Co.

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