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Australian charged with hacking government site

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SYDNEY (AP) -

An Australian man police say was affiliated with international hacking collective Lulz Security has been arrested on a charge of attacking and defacing a government website.

   The Australian Federal Police say the IT worker was arrested Tuesday night at his Sydney office. Police say the man claimed to be the Australian leader of Lulz Security, or LulzSec.

Police did not release the man's name or say which government website was hacked. If convicted, he could face up to 12 years in jail.

   LulzSec is an offshoot of the hacking group Anonymous. LulzSec was formed in 2011 and quickly grabbed headlines after claiming responsibility for a series of high-profile cyberattacks against the CIA, Sony Pictures, the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service and Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency.

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