Man charged with hacking into Australian broadband

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police have charged an unemployed truck driver with hacking into Australia’s broadband network and potentially threatening part of the national infrastructure.

Police say the 25-year-old man from the rural town of Cowra will appear in court Wednesday charged with hacking into one of the National Broadband Network’s service providers. He cannot be publicly named until he appears in court.

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan told Australian Broadcasting Corp. television the man had allegedly bypassed the Sydney-based provider’s security system and could have collapsed the provider’s system.

The provider is one of 12 contracted by the government-owned NBN which is being rolled out at a cost of 36 billion Australian dollars ($ 39 billion).

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