Apr 24 2013, 4:17am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
In the apprehended hacker’s own words he was the leader of Lulzsec, a group of notorious hackers that has been in existence since the past two years. This is the first time the AFP has caught such a cybercriminal red handed. The man is 24 years of age named and has openly accepted his crime naming his group, Lulzsec, as responsible for defacing the government website. The police search inquiry began a month earlier and culminated in the arrest and incarceration of the Lulzsec hacker.
According to the online AFP
site, the man was a danger and liability for the company he worked for. Had he continued his extralegal activities it would have cost the government a lot in terms of compromised website data. The Chief of the Operation, Glen McEwen spoke of how such acts can have dire consequences. It was not a matter of benign fun. He added that such criminal behavior can lead to long term sentences and subsequent imprisonment in jail for the convicts. The man whose name is Matthew Flannery is to make an appearance in court in mid-May. The two charges against him bear a sentence of 10 years and 2 years respectively.
As a result of this blatant breach of online trust, the AFP has given a few guidelines to IT firms. These include provision of greater awareness to employees and surveillance of incoming and outgoing content. The forcible implementation of policy and carrying out of background checklists are some of the other precautions to be taken. Reporting abuse of equipment and password strength security are important steps that have to be taken as well.
The prosecuted man had a LinkedIn account where he stated that he worked for an IT company by the name of Tenable. However, Tenable has refused to accept that he ever worked for them. A Tenable spokesperson said that their company had a zero tolerance policy towards such people who had a negative digital profile. The indigestible fact that turned up later on was that Flannery had been responsible for tracing hackers and spies on cyber-ware. Thus the very protector turned out to be the thief.
In the end the company was acquitted since they didn’t have anything to do with the hacker. He had even identified himself as working for the FBI on his online profile. His avatar was “Aush0k”. Born in the late 80s, Matthew Trevor Flannery was the full name of the would-be hacker. He would later on present videos of himself on Vimeo. In these videos he called himself the “final boss of the Internet”.
Cybercrime has been on the rise ever since the Internet got going on its journey. It is a result of some of the anarchic minds that frequent the Net. From extreme cases such as that of Jeffrey Dahmer to the ordinary hacking of an account, it has plagued the normal population who do not understand the exact motives behind such mischief-making. Be that as it may, ultimately some strict laws will have to be passed to clean up some of the garbage that has accumulated on the Internet.
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