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Woman charged for alleged cyber-attack against Federal MP

02 March 2023, 4:27pm
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Woman charged for alleged cyber-attack against Federal MP

A Sydney woman has been charged with allegedly sending more than 32,000 emails over a 24-hour period to the office of a Federal MP.

The volume of the emails impaired workers from operating IT systems and stopped members of the public from making contact with the office.

The Werrington woman, 34, was arrested by the AFP at her home on 1 March and appeared before Penrith Local Court today (2 March 2023), where she was granted bail with strict conditions to reappear on 11 April 2023.

Police will allege the woman used multiple domains to send 32,397 emails over a 24-hour period until her arrest, which resulted in continued disruption and harassment.

The woman was charged with one count of committing unauthorised impairment of electronic communication, contrary to section 477.3 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years’ imprisonment.

Further charges have not been ruled out as the investigation continues.

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