Ex-employee charged for unlawful access, manipulation of company data

Police accuse man of attempting to 'significantly disrupt business'

Ex-employee charged for unlawful access, manipulation of company data

A former employee of a Sydney-based company has been charged for allegedly accessing and manipulating his former employer's data in an attempt to cause disruption.

Cybercrime Squad detectives in New South Wales charged the employee, a 24-year-old man, with unauthorised modification of data with intent to cause impairment and impair electronic communications to/from computer.

The police are accusing the man of using his access credentials associated with his former role in the company unlawfully gain access to the company's IT systems.

His aim was to "significantly disrupt the business" and impact its customers globally, according to the police.

State Crime Command's Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Pardey in May 2024 to investigate the unlawful access and communication data manipulation.

Its probe led to the man's arrest at Sydney Domestic Airport on June 19. He was later granted conditional bail to appear in court on Monday.

Strike Force Pardey's investigations on the case continue, the police said.

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