By Asher Moses
August 18, 2009
Exclusive: An Australian Federal Police boast, on the ABC's Four Corners
program, about officers breaking up an underground hacker forum, has
backfired after hackers broke into a federal police computer system.
Security consultants say police appear to have been using the computer
as a honeypot to collect information on members of the forum but the
scheme came undone after the officers forgot to set a password.
Last Wednesday, federal police officers in co-operation with Victoria
Police executed a search warrant on premises in Brighton, Melbourne,
connected to the administrator of an underground hacking forum,
r00t-y0u.org, which had about 5000 members.
Many details of the investigation were revealed for the first time on
Four Corners last night.
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