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A hacker responsible for sharing nude images of up to 700 Brisbane women on a New Zealand-based file-sharing service online, has taunted police after they ordered for the photos to be removed.
The freely available images, which showed ‘girls from Brisbane and surrounding areas’ in various states of undress, first emerged on a forum on Friday before being removed on Monday morning and reappearing again later that night, Fairfax reports.
A police request led to their removal for a second time on Tuesday, which was followed by the hacker vowing to upload the photos again, posting: ‘come at me Aussie police’.
The uploader allegedly named the women in the photos and even shared some of their locations.
However, officers are limited in their ability to investigate the cybercrime due to a lack of complaints.
‘The thing is, we don’t have a complaint and the focus has to be on harm minimisation to try and get these things down so people’s lives aren’t ruined,’ Detective Superintendent Brian Hay told Faifax.
‘When you’ve got a complaint then you’ve got an offence.’
The news comes just days after hackers stole and posted scantily clad photos of up to 500 Adelaide women on a US-based website – some of who were allegedly underage.
The thread shows photos of nude women posing for photographs, from selfies taken while modelling underwear to full nudity.
South Australia police have said they are investigating the posts. Some of the photographs are alleged to show underage girls.
The site had been active since April, when a claim was posted by the moderator he had collected images of ‘411 Adelaide chicks so far’.
The user has also bragged that he has been doing 90 percent of the work ‘collecting new content, organizing folders, killing duplicates, merging archives.’
He also reportedly boasted on the site saying: ‘You can’t do anything to stop us’.
‘This has been my latest project’, adding that he had been ‘obsessive’ with it and despite not taking any of the images himself had ‘saved nearly every image myself’.
Detective Sergeant Barry Blundell told Daily Mail Australia in a statement that South Australian Police were working with ACMA to have the website shutdown.
He said if any of the images are of people under 17 they can be considered child porn and offenders could face up to ten years behind bars or end up on the sex offenders registry.
People distributing photos of others without their consent could be prosecuted under revenge porn laws.
Police encourage anyone who thinks their explicit photos have been posted without their permission to report this via the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network.