Hacker steals personal data of Australian Defence academy in three minutes 'for fun'

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 09:03 hrs

A lone hacker stole the personal details of thousands of Australian military staff and students after he audaciously hacked its database 'for fun'.

The raid, which breached an Australian Defence Force Academy database last month, is one of the worst known cyber attacks on a government organisation in this country.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, several websites linked to the online movement Anonymous now host the stolen information.

The information stolen includes a mix of names, identification numbers, passwords, email addresses and dates of birth of about 10,000 students and 1900 staff at the university.

Among the victims are hundreds of senior officers in the army, navy and air force, as well as military personnel from other nations who are enrolled at the academy.

The hacker, known only as Darwinare, said he completed his raid within minutes and said that he was shocked at the lack of security.

"I know right, very surprised I didn't get kicked out. So simple, took like three minutes," he said in an online message.

Darwinare, who describes himself as "the first black hacker", has previously breached the networks of online bookstore Amazon and at least two American universities.

He contributes to Anonymous and joined its raids on Israeli government websites last month in response to that nation's airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, the report added. (ANI)

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