Department of Defence graduate Micheal Scerba attempted to follow in the footsteps of Julian Assange and leaked classified intelligence documents onto the internet. Unfortunately, he chose to post the documents to 4chan; where commenters called it “fake and gay”.
Scerba had originally posted the documents to the infamous 4chan; all the while praising Assange as his hero. Naturally, 4chan failed to believe his claims and began trolling the post. The secret documents disappeared from the anonymous message board after about an hour.
However, this was enough time for a former Defence Signals Directorate officer to stumble upon the post and immediately alert the authorities. Scerba’s IP address was tracked and a search of his house turned up a broken CD in his rubbish bin; which police say was used to transport the secret documents home.
Nobody knows what was in the leaked documents, although Scerba had originally posted that “I release(sic) what I feel should be in the media: bombings, civilian deaths, actions of the ‘terrorists’ that just aren’t reported in the media.” It is unknown if anyone saved the documents, but it appears unlikely at this point.
Scerba is being charged by the ACT Supreme Court for leaking the documents. The courts have issued an order to protect the documents from being exposed to the public, and it is believed that any evidence produced during the trial will be destroyed after the trial.
All this tells us is that one should never attempt to leak confidential information to 4chan; and also Australian Defence officials are regulars on 4chan.
[Source: The Age]