An Australian teenager has fled overseas after hacking Microsoft and the US Army

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Interpol is searching for a Perth teenager who has fled to Europe while being under police investigation for hacking offences.

The suspicion centres around the “cyber theft” of at least $US100 million ($A108.2 million) worth of software and data from Microsoft and the US Army and follow a joint international investigation into five suspected hackers, most of them US-based.

“Members of this international hacking ring stole trade secret data used in hi-tech American products, ranging from software that trains US soldiers to fly Apache helicopters to Xbox games that entertain millions around the world,” assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell said.

The four American suspects have pleaded guilty in the US and one was sentenced last month to 18 months in prison.

The Weekend Australian reports the 19 year-old moved overseas because court delays and harassment by West Australian police made it impossible for him to fund his legal defence.

The case is still under investigation by the FBI, with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, the US Postal Inspection Service and in coordination with the Western Australia Police and the Peel Regional Police of Ontario, Canada.

Western Australia Police refused to comment on the man’s abscondment.

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