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Teenager Recruits 4chan Member to Launch DDoS Attacks on Australian Government

A teenager has admitted launching DDoS attacks against the Australian government after becoming angered with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy‘s plans to filter all Internet access in Australia, according to TGDaily.

Infuriated with the minister’s decision, Stephen Slayo, 19, recruited a hacker known as Pulsar through 4chan to help him attack government websites. These included those of Conroy and then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, as well as the parliamentary and Australian government sites.

Both the parliamentary website and Conroy’s were forced offline for several hours.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian federal police high-tech crime investigations team took action Feb. 5 after discovering how a group had posted plans online to attack the sites.

Slayo has pleaded guilty to four charges, including one of inciting others to impair electronic communications and two of unauthorized access to restricted data. He will be sentenced next month.

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