Anonymous Member To Be Prosecuted

Anonymous is in the news again, but this time one of their members is going to court. Adam Bennett, popularly known on his internet radio show as the voice of “LoraxLive”, was arrested, and his home raided, nearly a year ago, for allegedly hacking into AAPT Telecommunications and Indonesian government websites in 2012. Just now, persecutors are revealing what charges will be made against Bennett.

Hacktivist group Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attack on AAPT, and even stated that it was more than a one-person job. AAPT admitted that their security had been breached following claims by Anonymous that they had retrieved 40GB of data from the major Australian ISP.

The Hack

The Australian government had proposed a controversial security law that is expected to pass. The proposed bill will require ISP’s to store their users activity online for a period of two years. After taking out the personally identifiable data, which may have included members of the Australian government, Anonymous released the data to demonstrate that if an ISP as large and trusted as AAPT can’t keep it’s own data secure, it will be unable to keep their customers data secure under the proposed laws.

During Bennett’s court appearance in December of 2014, the prosecution asked to delay the hearing saying that they needed more time to complete their report because the amount of work required was “quite large” and it involved “vast amounts of digital data and telephone intercepts”. The Judge then delayed Bennett’s hearing until March 4th. The hearing was delayed once again due to the prosecution asking for one-week adjournment to come up with new charges. On the Friday before March 4th, the prosecutors revealed that the primary charges against Bennett, hacking the AAPT would most likely be dropped.

It is believed that Bennett has been under full investigation since 2010, long before the AAPT hacking incident. One of the charged Bennett’s counsel believes will be brought against him is the “Heartbleed Vulnerability Testing for Cancer Support W.A. 2014.” this stems from a vulnerability test created by Bennett to test his employer’s servers (Cancer Support W.A.) for Heartbleed vulnerabilities. That test put the CRM that Bennett helped build at significant risk.

Who Is Bennett?

Bennett hosted the popular weekly online radio show “LoraxLive” which covered topics like human rights, peaceful activism, hacking, surveillance, and privacy, just to name a few. Bennett’s fans and supporters have taken to social media to express their concerns and support using the #FreeLorax hashtag. The LoraxLive show has been off the air ever since Bennett’s arrest, and most of the previous shows are being held by Australian authorities.

In his free time, Bennett volunteers as a dedicated Lifesaver. He also happens to be the Life-Saving director for the Scarboro Surf Lifesaving Club. Before his arrest, he was the fund-raising manager for the cancer wellness and support organization Cancer Support W.A.

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