Connor Shanahan charged with unauthorised access to restricted data
A Brisbane man who allegedly bought bank details from a black market website was released on bail.
Connor Shanahan, 25, was arrested by the Australian Federal Police on October 27, 2022, following allegations of acquiring unauthorized data two years ago.
He was charged with seven counts of unauthorized access to confidential data and one count of possession of data with intent to commit a cybercrime.
Commonwealth Prosecutor Attorney Mathew Thompson told the Brisbane Magistrates’ Court on Friday that Shanahan would gain access to confidential data by purchasing robots via a website called Genesis.
“Genesis is the market, (the data is) hacked by someone else,” he said.
“It is based on the dark web, but is accessible via the clear web.”
Mr. Thompson claimed that Mr. Shanahan would use this website to purchase bank details and email accounts, but there was no evidence at the time to prove that he was using this data any further.
The court heard that the scaffold received a two-year prison sentence with suspended sentence for another case of willful harm at the time of this alleged offense.
Magistrate Peter Saggers said the “incriminating” data Shanahan allegedly purchased was not tolerable, particularly with recent national data breach events.
“The nature of the crime, especially when we have heard of large corporations being violated, is something the community cares about and is truly disgusted with,” he said.
“This is a rather troubling thing to have in your possession, but I am confident that the terms of your draft ordinance will alleviate (the concerns).”
Mr. Shanahan was released on bail and will appear at the Brisbane Magistrates’ Court on December 2, 2022.