Two Australian men who claim to be members of online activism group Anonymous have been arrested for hacking government and corporate websites.
Police are alleging a 40-year-old man, from the Perth suburb of Scarborough, hacked into a computer group in Brisbane and Indonesian government web servers.
Another man, 18, from Penrith in New South Wales, allegedly hacked into internet service provider NetSpeed and the ACT Long Service Leave Authority both in Canberra.
The attacks, which date back to 2012, resulted in data theft, defacement of websites and caused a number of websites to drop offline.
Police have seized computer hard drives and other equipment. They say the two men are known to each other.
Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris, the AFP’s manager of high-tech crime operations, said hacking can have a serious impact on businesses and government organisations.
“These acts can cause serious disruption to government and business networks, which in turn can be catastrophic for people who rely on these networks to run their small business or administer their entitlements or personal finances,” he said in a media statement.
Adam John Bennett, of Scarborough, appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today.
He was released on bail on a number of conditions, including that he not use the internet for any other purposes than for banking, employment and legal advice.
The 18-year-old man from Penrith is expected to appear before Sydney Central Local Court today.