A Sydney teenager intends to plead guilty over his role in a text scam that demanded money from dozens of Optus customers whose data was leaked online following the massive hack, a court has heard.
Dennis Su, 19, appeared at Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday following his arrest by the Australian Federal Police at his Rockdale home, in Sydney’s south, on October 6.
He was charged with using a telecommunications network with intent to commit a serious offence and dealing with identification information, which carry maximum penalties of 10 years and seven years behind bars respectively.
Court documents, seen by the Herald, allege Su dealt with “Optus customer information” over a 12-day period from September 24 to October 6, and the serious offence he intended to commit was “blackmail”.
Optus was the subject of a massive data breach in late September by anonymous hackers who stole the personal information of thousands of customers. Su is not accused of being involved in the initial hack.
Su’s lawyer told the court on Thursday that the teenager intended to plead guilty to the current charges.
Hannah Panizzutti, for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, sought an adjournment to November 8 to “review the charges” and “ensure everything is charged correctly”, so the case could proceed to sentence on that date.
She acknowledged the defence had indicated it was in a position to enter pleas.