Matthew Flannery, a resident of Sydney Australia, has been confirmed as the hacker apprehended yesterday on accusations of penetrating a government website.
The 24 year old hacker is a support technician at IT security supplier Content Security, which was signed to supply support for global security firm Tenable Network Security. Matthew was arrested at his work place yesterday by the Aussie Federal Police for allegedly defacing an unidentified government website.
Flannery was known as Aush0k online and claimed to be the leader of hacker movement LulzSec.
Content Security managing director Phil Wurth told iTnews that unlike AFP statements, Flannery had no access to customer data
“He was a low-level support tech who was on a three-month probation,” Wurth said. “He had no access to any type of customer data apart from support tickets. That will be cleared up with the AFP.”
Content Security has been operating closely with the AFP and will carry on assisting the police with their investigation, Wurth said.
He said Flannery would keep his position with the company until investigations are more in-depth.
The AFP alleged Flannery had been involved with LulzSec for some time but his motives for the website deface were unclear. He’s been given bail and must report to police three times a week. He will appear before Woy Woy local court on May 15.