16-Year-Old Hacker Arrested for Helping GovernmentAdded: Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
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A teen hacker from Australia must be regretting reporting a security hole at the government website which allowed him to access a database with sensitive data about 600,000 public transport users.
Australian government portal was important as a primary website for information about public transport timetables. Its database featured full names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and even a 9-digit extract of credit card numbers used there.
Joshua Rogers, 16, has contacted the website after Christmas and reported the flaw. After receiving no response, the teen called newspapers and that is when Transportation Department reported him to the police. Although it is unknown how Rogers accessed the database, it seems to be a doddle. Perhaps, it was an SQL injection flaw, because it’s the tool of choice to breach websites and access backend databases.
Local police have a record of arresting people revealing security holes. For example, three years ago, Patrick Webster suffered a similar consequence after reporting a website vulnerability to a national investment company which managed his pension fund. The individual was arrested for writing a script to download 500 account statements in attempt to prove that its account holders were at risk. The company reported him to police and demanded access to his machine in order to make sure he had deleted all stolen data.
The teenager admitted that the police haven’t even contacted him. In fact, he learned about what has happened from journalists. Anyway, he might be regretting doing the decent thing and reporting the flaw. Maybe selling his remarks to Russians would have had more sense.
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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
|this is what happens when you try and help the government they take your from the backdoor .lol|
|They don't like to be reminded of what complete incompetent idiots they are, which is exactly what they are|
|Perhaps the national investment company was up to some shady activities and they did not want the flaw in the website known as they all a pack of sharks.|
|Those security holes are in thereby design. It's not an accident. How the hell else are the biggest criminals going to subvert security to steal everything if they can't run the whole show and keep a back door open?|
|they hard up 4 DONUTTS LOL SORRY ASS|
|@sweet_anarchy. The industry don't want you to even try hacking. The fact you found a flaw proves your a hacker. So if you don't want to get charged don't even try, unless their paying you to. Or keep your mouth shut and have fun, but, it gets lonely if you can't share.|
|posted by (2014-01-16 15:08:33)|
|we need to get rid of all the governments and start over again motherf...ers hell put the hackers in charge of the world it seems to me that their more reliable controlling everything.government what joke|
aren't you tired of all their bullshit?
|@mobrule So, the world should be run by people stealing credit card and other personal information to allow them to bypass measures of security so they can spy on people through their webcams? What a classy group to replace those spying on their own people with machine data with the people that actually use and abuse data in-person.|
Besides, the moment you lose governments, you lose sovereignty and enacted treaties. Wars erupt instantly and the world resets to "who cares, you dead" status. Weapons are too advanced now to lose governments. Stop whining and use your democracy [pending you live where democracy exists] and not just complain about it where your voice means nothing when anonymous, on the internet.
|posted by (2014-01-16 19:15:12)|
|Goes to show you Can't rape the Willing. lol|
|This at first was definitely something I needed to give some thought. When I first read this article my reaction was Poor Kid and the Aussie Government sucks. But after some thought I had to agree with @6 that the Kid was snooping where he shouldn't be and all he proved was he was a Hacker. Tonight instead going into the liquor store to get my stoli I am going to wait till they are closed and throw a rock through the window and when the owner shows up I will tell him I was checking his security and state you see how easy that was to get in your store.|
|posted by (2014-01-16 20:03:03)|
|This is called HUMANIty, Fcuk u Gov........|
|i bet he won't do that s**t again lol|
|posted by (2014-01-17 04:46:49)|
|hacker under edge even need sleep..be!|
|well it should have been - " boy hired for finding a loophole"||
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