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According to a recent article published by The Age website, an Australian teenager faces charges under the country's cybercrime act after discovering – and reporting – "_serious cyber-security weaknesses_" within the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) systems. According to the article, the 16-year-old from Melbourne, Joshua Rogers, "_discovered an extensive database containing the personal details of public transport users in Victoria_" – a large containment of personal data.
According to cybersecurity experts, the article reports that Rogers – a self-identified ''_security researcher_'' – used "_a common hacking technique_" to gain access to the website. After gaining access to the site and seeing the vulnerabilities, Rogers contacted PTV to alert them of this security issue on Thursday, December 26th, but, according to the article, "_got no response until Monday_" – December 30th.
Authorities, reportedly from the "_e-crime squad_, "began investigating this breach of security on Tuesday, December 31st, the article stated.
According to the report, Rogers discovered a database that contained "_a large amount of personal data including full names, addresses, home, and mobile phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, seniors card ID numbers_", and other personal information. A Victoria Police spokesperson was quoted in the article to say, '_Victoria Police has received a report from Public Transport Victoria relating to the unauthorized access to their network. As the matter is currently under investigation, we are not in a position to comment._" The report revealed that only weeks before this breach, government departments were warned about being "_woefully ill-equipped to combat cyber attacks._"
Read more about this breach of security, what could be the result for the young Joshua Rogers and how authorities plan on preparing for possible future security issues in the full article at The Age website.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / January 8, 2014