Australian Federal Police just helped the FBI arrest an American for cybercrimes similar to the census crash

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A man in Seattle, USA has been arrested for attacks on technology infrastructure, following a two-and-a-half year operation involving the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The joint investigation between the AFP, FBI and the Toronto Police Department was triggered by a series of denial-of-service attacks in 2015 on businesses in Australia, USA and Canada. Denial-of-service is the type of network attack that brought down Australia’s online census system last year.

The operation came to a head on Wednesday when the FBI arrested a 37-year-old Iranian-born US citizen in Seattle. The man has been detained after appearing before the US District Court in Seattle.

“This is a timely reminder to cyber-criminals that international law enforcement is a team sport,” said AFP cybercrime operations manager Commander David McLean.

“I would like to thank our international partners for their cooperation as well as for their patience and persistence in bringing about this result. I would also like to acknowledge the companies who were victims of the attacks for their ongoing cooperation,” said McLean.

iTnews reports that the 2015 attacks included Fairfax Media — the parent company of the publisher of Business Insider — allegedly in an attempt to remove online reports of the accused man’s past misdeeds.

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