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Hacker arrested

Date: March 22, 2006
Source: Herald Sun

The 22-year-old was arrested in Melbourne early today after a joint state and federal investigation into the sophisticated attacks on internet relay chat (IRC) servers in Australia in 2005, the federal police said.

The Belgian Federal Computer Crime unit tipped Australian authorities off to the attacks, which used remotely controlled computer networks known as botnets.

The US, Singapore and Austria also were affected by the hacking attacks on Australian IRC servers.

Botnets are made up of bots, which spread by taking advantage of common vulnerabilities on unprotected computers, and can attack servers in their tens of thousands.

Once on a host computer, most often personal home machines, they lay dormant and wait for a remote command.
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