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FBI charges Chinese national with distributing malware used in OPM hack attack

The malware has been linked to both the data breach of the US Office of Personnel Management as well as the Anthem breach.

The FBI has filed charges against a Chinese malware broker named Yu Pingan, alleging that he provided hackers with malware, including the Sakula trojan, to breach multiple computer networks belonging to companies in the US

The FBI alleges that Yu, also known as “GoldSun,” conspired with two unnamed hackers from around April 2011 through around January 2014 to maliciously target a group of US companies’ computer networks.

The complaint filed does not name which companies were targeted but notes that the different companies were headquartered in San Diego, California; Massachusetts; Los Angeles, California; and Arizona.

The rarely-used Sakula malware has been linked to both the 2014 breach of the US Office of Personnel Management as well as the 2015 breach of the health insurance firm Anthem.

The Anthem breach impacted 78.8 million current and former customers of the company, while the OPM hack affected more than 22 million records of Americans who had applied for security clearance to work for the government.

Former drug squad detective Paul Dale loses mental compensation bid

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Paul Dale before appearing at the independent medical panel in October. Photo: Eddie Jim

Paul Dale, the former drug squad detective implicated in the execution of a police informer and his wife during Melbourne’s gangland war, has lost a bid for taxpayer-funded compensation for trauma he claims he suffered in prison.

The Sunday Age can reveal the controversial ex-cop abandoned his lawsuit against the state government when an independent medical panel ruled Dale experienced no significant psychological damage from spending seven months in solitary confinement.

Dale claims he suffers from severe depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder after being put in near continuous lockdown in a high-security unit in Barwon Prison while awaiting trial for the murders of witness Terrence​ Hodson and his wife Christine.

“The Victorian government is denying my mental injuries were caused by my incarceration in Acacia [Unit]. I’m going before this panel, they’ll make a finding, and we’ll see what happens after that,” he told The Sunday Age ahead of the review in late October

Dale said he was confident the state government had a case to answer for his mental injuries because Victoria’s Court of Appeal had found his incarceration in Acacia had “severely affected his mental health”.

“Not surprisingly, the conditions in which [Dale] has been kept in gaol have caused him great suffering. So far as can be told, he was not afflicted by any ailments when he was arrested,” the court said.

Dale was granted bail, in large part, for this reason in late 2009.

But a spokeswoman for the Andrews government said Dale has “discontinued” his compensation lawsuit after the medical panel found he was “unable to meet the relevant injury threshold” under the law.

No compensation was paid to Dale to drop the case, the government said.

Dale declined to comment.

The nature of Dale’s relationship to Carl Williams and the execution of Hodson and his wife remain one of the most controversial unsolved chapters of Melbourne’s gangland war.

Dale, who has beaten a string of serious criminal charges, has been accused of conduct that would make him one of the most corrupt police officers in the state’s history despite never being convicted.

In 2003, the former drug squad detective was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and drug trafficking over his alleged role in a plan with fellow detective David Miechel​ and career criminal Terrence​ Hodson to steal millions of dollars worth of ecstasy from a stash house.

The charges against Dale were dropped after the execution style-shooting deaths of Hodson and his wife Christine in their Kew home in 2004.

Dale was charged with their murders in 2009 after drug kingpin-turned-jailhouse informant Carl Williams told police he acted as the middle-man between Dale and hitman Rodney Collins, who was allegedly paid $150,000 to kill Hodson after he became a police informer.

But that case collapsed after Williams was bashed to death in prison by Matthew Johnson, head of anti-informer gang Prisoners of War.

In 2013, Dale was found not guilty on 12 charges of giving false and misleading evidence to the Australian Crime Commission about his links to Williams.

After a coronial inquest into the Hodson murders in 2015, Judge Ian Gray could not determine what role, if any, Dale had in the killings.

“At the very least it certainly appears, following the Dublin Street burglary, to have been a highly inappropriate relationship [with Williams] for a suspended police officer to have engaged in,” Judge Gray said.

Fairfax Media revealed in July that police were considering laying fresh corruption charges over Dale’s relationship with Williams.

Earlier this year, Carl Williams’ daughter Dhakota​ received a compensation payout from the state government for the trauma she allegedly suffered when he was killed in prison.

The “pragmatic call” was made by Premier Daniel Andrews after an independent medical panel found Dhakota​ and Carl’s former wife Roberta had experienced severe mental impairment as a result of his death.

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U.S. charges three in huge cyberfraud targeting JPMorgan, others

U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday unveiled criminal charges against three men accused of running a sprawling computer hacking and fraud scheme that included a huge attack against JPMorgan Chase & Co and generated hundreds of millions of dollars of illegal profit.

Gery Shalon, Joshua Samuel Aaron and Ziv Orenstein, all from Israel, were charged in a 23-count indictment with alleged crimes targeting 12 companies, including nine financial services companies and media outlets including The Wall Street Journal.

Prosecutors said the enterprise dated from 2007, and caused the exposure of personal information belonging to more than 100 million people.

“By any measure, the data breaches at these firms were breathtaking in scope and in size,” and signal a “brave new world of hacking for profit,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said at a press conference in Manhattan.

The alleged enterprise included pumping up stock prices, online casinos, payment processing for criminals, an illegal bitcoin exchange, and the laundering of money through at least 75 shell companies and accounts around the world.

Tuesday’s charges expand a case first announced in July, and according to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch target “one of the largest thefts of financial-related data in history.”

The charges are also the first tied to the JPMorgan attack, which prosecutors said involved the stealing of records belonging to more than 83 million customers, the largest theft of customer data from a U.S. financial institution.

Authorities said Shalon and Aaron executed that hacking, using a computer server in Egypt that they had rented under an alias that Shalon often used.

E*TRADE, TD AMERITRADE, NEWS CORP

A separate indictment unveiled in Atlanta against Shalon, Aaron and an unnamed defendant said the brokerages E*Trade Financial Corp and Scotttrade Inc were also targets, and personal information of more than 10 million customers was compromised.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp and News Corp’s Dow Jones unit, which publishes The Wall Street Journal, said they were also targets. Fidelity Investments was also a target, a person familiar with the matter said.

 

Other targets could not be immediately verified.

Shalon, 31, of Savyon, Israel, and Orenstein, 40, of Bat Hefer, Israel, were arrested in July. Aaron, 31, a U.S. citizen who lives in Moscow and Tel Aviv, remains at large and is the subject of an FBI “wanted” poster.

Another defendant, Anthony Murgio, 31, of Tampa, Florida, was charged separately over the bitcoin exchange, Coin.mx. He was originally charged in July, and faces an arraignment on Friday. A co-defendant in that case, Yuri Lebedev, is in “discussions” with prosecutors, Bharara said.

Lawyers for the defendants were not immediately available for comment.

JPMorgan on Tuesday confirmed that the latest charges relate to the 2014 attack, and said it continues to cooperate with law enforcement efforts to fight cybercrime.

It also said that only contact information such as names, addresses and emails was accessed, and that account information, passwords or Social Security numbers were not compromised.

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Terror suspect Omarjan Azari hit with new charge of conspiracy to murder

Police search a car near the home of Omarjan Azari in September 2014. Pic by Christopher Pearce image www.intelagencies.com

Police search a car near the home of Omarjan Azari in September 2014. Photo: Christopher Pearce

Accused Sydney terror plotter Omarjan Azari has had new charges laid against him, including conspiracy to murder.

But prosecutors have also withdrawn a charge against Mr Azari of conspiring to commit a terrorist act, leading his barrister to seek his immediate release on bail.

Mr Azari was arrested at his home at Guildford in Sydney’s west last September during the largest counterterrorism operation in Australia’s history.

Police alleged that the young man was involved in planning a terrorist act in a phone call with Mohammad Ali Baryalei, Australia’s most senior member of the terrorist group Islamic State.

“What you guys need to do is just pick any random unbeliever. When finished put the flag of the state in the background and film it and send it off,” Mr Baryalei allegedly said during the phone call.

Mr Azari allegedly replied, “Yeah”.

Police have also charged Mr Azari with knowingly making funds available to commit a terrorist act.

On Wednesday, Central Local Court heard that a fresh charge of conspiracy to murder had a been laid against Mr Azari on Monday. The details of this charge are not yet known.

Prosecutors withdrew a charge of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, and added a further new charge of “doing acts in preparation to commit a terrorist act”.

Mr Azari’s barrister, Steven Boland, said that he would be opposing the ongoing detention of his client in Goulburn’s Supermax prison.

“They’re trying to withdraw a charge that my client’s been detained on in Supermax for six months,” Mr Boland said.

He has previously told the court that the recorded phone call in no way demonstrates that his client ever agreed to commit or be part of a terrorist act.

He has also asserted that Mr Azari could not receive a fair trial because of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s “unprecedented interference” in the case.

At the time of Mr Azari’s arrest, Mr Abbott said intelligence indicated “certain people” in Australia were allegedly planning a public beheading to be carried out in the name of Islamic State.

Sections of the media took this up as applying to Mr Azari, an assumption that the man’s defence says is no way borne out by the facts.

The hearing at Central Local Court continues.

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Philippines call centre worker stole Australian Citibank customer details for Sydney crime gang, police say

Arrested One of four men arrested for allegedly buying bank customers credit card details from a call centre worker. Photo NSW Police image www.intelagencies.com

Arrested: One of four men arrested for allegedly buying bank customers credit card details from a call centre worker. Photo: NSW Police

An overseas call centre employee allegedly collected banking details of Australian Citibank customers and sold them to a Sydney crime syndicate, which then used the details to defraud the customers of more than $1 million, police say.

Police allege the worker, employed by a firm in the Philippines that carries out customer relations for a number of Australian-based companies, collected banking information, passwords and personal details for the syndicate.

The syndicate then allegedly used the details to make withdrawals and order new credit cards

The alleged identity fraud racket came unstuck last month when police pulled over a car at Beverly Hills, in Sydney’s south, for a random breath test and found a number of allegedly fraudulent documents and other “suspicious items” in the vehicle.
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Officers matched details in the documents with frauds against banking customers reported to police by Citibank, sparking an investigation by St George police and the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad.

Four male members of the alleged Sydney syndicate, aged between 23 and 38, were arrested in raids on two homes at Liverpool and West Hoxton on Thursday morning.

They have been charged with multiple fraud offences including using false documents to obtain financial advantage and knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime.

Arrested One of four men arrested for allegedly buying bank customers credit card details from a call centre worker. Photo NSW Police image-2 www.intelagencies.com

“I’d like to congratulate those officers for their initiative in searching the vehicle and linking the items found with the reports made by the financial institution,” St George Local Area Command Superintendent Dave Donohue said.

“Their proactive work has played a critical role in the dismantling of a syndicate targeting unsuspecting banking customers, and has potentially prevented many more potential victims from suffering significant financial loss.”

A spokesman for Citibank said it had worked with police to identify those allegedly responsible and that no customer would be “financially impacted”.

“Citi has identified a limited fraud committed against a small number of customer accounts and immediately reported the matter to the NSW Police Fraud Squad,” a spokesman said.

“We are co-operating fully with the police investigation and are satisfied that all those responsible have been identified.”

Police said inquiries into the call centre and other possible victims were continuing.

The four men will appear in Parramatta Bail Court on Friday.

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Police arrest dozens of suspects in cybercrime investigation

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police have arrested dozens of suspects in an international investigation into a cybercrime gang that siphoned millions of euros from victims’ accounts in an identity fraud scam.

European Union justice agency Eurojust announced Wednesday that 49 suspects, most of them from Nigeria and Cameroon, were arrested a day earlier in an investigation by Italian, Spanish and Polish police supported by officers in Belgium, Britain and Georgia.

EU police agency Europol helped coordinate 58 searches during Tuesday’s operation. Eurojust says in a statement that investigations showed that cybercriminals had defrauded victims of 6 million euros ($6.8 million) and transferred it out of Europe.

The fraud involved stealing victims’ data such as usernames and passwords, in a process known as phishing, and diverting money from them and their customers.

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MORE INFO ON THE TERRORIST ISIS ‘ISLAMIC STATE IS SCUM’ CELL MEMBERS ARRESTED IN THE HUGE RAID TASK UNDERTAKEN BY ASIO & FEDERAL POLICE

MUSLAMIC EXTREMISTS IN AUSTRALIA SHOULD BE PERMANENTLY DEPORTED, PENNED UP OR CHARGED AS TRAITORS

POLICE say co-ordinated raids on homes across Brisbane’s south and in Sydney this morning were in response to threats of random attacks on members of the public, including the possible beheading of a random member of the public on a city street and mass shootings.

Fifteen people have been detained and one person charged with terrorism offences, following pre-dawn raids across Sydney and Brisbane, as part of a pre-emptive strike amid fears a suspected terror cell was close to launching an attack.

A Sydney court heard this afternoon that a man arrested during today’s raids was plotting a public execution on Sydney streets that was designed to horrify the community.

Omarjan Azari, 22, faced court on one count of committing an act in preparation or planning for a terrorist act.

Court documents show Azari is accused of conspiring with Mohammad Baryalei, who is known to have ­recruited Australians to fight with Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, including wanted terrorists Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar.

Baryalei, a part-time actor who played a paramedic in the TV Underbelly series, has been identified as the most senior Australian member of IS.

He is believed to have fled the country to join the murderous rampage through the Middle East.

Azari was arrested this morning when hundreds of ASIO and heavily armed police officers swooped in anti-terrorism raids to prevent a mass casualty shooting in Sydney and possible beheadings.

Muhammad Ali Baryalei, a known member of an Islamic State who has fled the country, is believed to be behind the terror plot.image www.ispysite.com

Muhammad Ali Baryalei, a known member of an Islamic State who has fled the country, is believed to be behind the terror plot. 

Unconfirmed reports have also emerged that the groups may have been planning beheadings or mass shootings on home soil.

The ABC reports court documents expected to reveal the terror plan involved draping random Sydney person in Islamic State flag and beheading them on camera in Martin Place.

A similar attack was carried out on British Army soldier, Lee Rigby, in London, May 2013. when he was run down and butchered on a busy street by two men.

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Police did say they believed extremists were planning a random attack on members of the public.

This afternoon Premier Campbell Newman revealed that last week’s terror raid may have thwarted an “onshore terrorist action”, with one of the men arrested understood to have been allegedly planning a terror attack somewhere in the state.

Mr Newman said “that at least one individual was contemplating onshore terrorist action” and stressed that the arrests were “very timely”.

It is understood the alleged plot was to be carried out in Queensland.

Fresh allegations are expected to emerge about one of the two men arrested in southeast Queensland last week over terror-related charges, Omar Succarieh and Agim Kruezi.

Speaking about today’s dramatic raids in NSW and southeast Queensland, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the two lots of probes were “directly” linked.

“When we briefed you previously in realtion to the arrests here in Queensland last week, the information you were provided with by both the police and the Premier at that time was accurate,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“It was factual in what we knew then. Since that time, we’ve come into possession of information, quite disturbing information, about the intention of at least one of the people presently in custody in this state. it was factual in what we knew then.”

Today’s, Queensland’s raids are undertstood to have been conducted to find out more about the alleged terror plot in Queensland.

The fresh allegations against the unknown Queensland man in custody are expected to emerge in court in NSW tomorrow.

Footage of arrests made in Sydney counter terrorism operation

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was briefed on the counter terror raids before officers swooped this morning.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was briefed last night on the operation, adding that the intelligence received by police gave “not just suspicion” but “intent”.

“The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country,” he said, using another acronym for IS.

“That’s why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have.”

Mr Abbott will cut short his visit to Arnhem Land today to farewell RAAF crews heading to the Middle East and to attend security briefings on the terror raids in Sydney.

The Prime Minister said there were “quite direct exhortations … coming from an Australian, who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country”.

“This is not just suspicion, this is intent,” he told reporters in Arnhem Land.

“There are, I regret to say, networks of people here in this country who, despite living here, despite enjoying the Australian way of life, they would do us harm.

“It’s very important that our police and security organisations be one step ahead of them and I think this morning they were.”

He praised the police operation and said he acknowledged some people believe Australia’s current involvement in Iraq makes us more of a threat.

“I understand that some people will claim that and I understand that some people will fear that, but let’s remember that Australians were subject to terror attack in Bali long before there was any talk of Australian involvement in Iraq.”

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Radio National this morning that the raids demonstrate Australian authorities are keeping the nation safe.

“Our security is the consequence of continued vigilance and hard work on the part of the security agencies,” he said.

“There is no cause, no reason, for being complacent about security.

“There are people regrettably, some of them in our midst, that don’t have the nation’s best interests at heart.”

Ikebal Patel from Muslims Australia told AM that the Islamic community has been stunned by the raids.

“Details are very sketchy and we don’t even know who the individuals are and from which particular area, or sort of association they are part of,” he said.

“So, it’s all very very sketchy. It’s all moving very fast.”

The ABC understands the raids are linked to a similar operation in Queensland last week, when an Islamic bookshop was searched, and two men arrested.

The men have been accused of helping to recruit, facilitate and fund people to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities.

The only man charged during the raids so far has been named as 22-year-old Omarjan Azari, who faced a Sydney court today on one count of committing an act in preparation or planning for a terrorist act.

Azari, dressed in a navy hooded jacket and black pants, made a brief appearance in the dock of Central Local Court.

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Extra sheriffs surrounded the dock as he was brought up before Magistrate John Bailey.

His lawyer Steve Boland told the court no application would be made for bail, and asked that his client be taken back down to the cells.

Commonwealth prosecutor Michael Allnutt said the allegations involved a plan to “kidnap a person and gruesomely execute” and that it was a plan “clearly designed to shock, horrify and clearly terrify the community.”

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The court heard an “unusual level of fanaticism” was involved in the plan “which would leave a person less likely to take notice of a court order”, and therefore bail should be refused.

Mr Boland said the allegations were based on just “one phone call.”

The case was adjourned until November 13.

Documents before the court say Azari, in the early hours of May 8 this year “did conspire with Mohammad Baryalei and others to do acts in preparation for or planning a terrorist act.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the reports of what those arrested were allegedly planning are “truly horrifying”.

But the events should give Australians a “renewed sense of assurance” in the work of our security agencies.

“These raids will no doubt come as a shock to many Australians,” the Opposition Leader said.

“It’s a development that reminds us all how close to home the threat of terrorism can be.”

Australian Federal Police acting commissioner Andrew Colvin said the operation which resulted in Thursday’s raids began earlier this year.

“Police believe this group … have the intention and have started to carry out planning to commit violent acts here in Australia,” he said.

“Those violent acts particularly related to random acts against members of the public.’’

He said the operation was about police disrupting the potential for violence.

Mr Colvin said that three raids in the southeast Queensland suburbs of Logan, Underwood and Mount Gravatt East were linked to similar raids in the area last week.

“The warrants that you saw today are a follow up from that investigation, or a continuation of that investigation,” he said

Some of those taken into custody had already had their passports cancelled.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said “reasonable force” was used to detain one man. “Today’s operation reflects the reality of the threat that we actually face,” he said.

Mr Scipione said random attacks were planned.

“All of those plans that may have been on foot are thwarted,” he said.

Meanwhile, authorities are now concerned about possible public disorder as a result of the arrests and the revealing of details of an alleged plan to carry out a public beheading.

Officials are especially worried because many English-speaking senior Muslim community leaders are overseas on religious pilgrimage.

“The people who normally calm down the hotheads are not here,” the law enforcement source told the ABC.

More than 800 counter-terrorism police and ASIO officers swooped on homes in the early hours, with some of those detained believed to have links to the terror group Islamic State.

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This included 70 AFP and Queensland police officers who conducted raids on homes in Logan, Underwood and Mt Gravatt East.

The arrests in Sydney follow months of surveillance of people linked to the terrorist group Islamic State, which has been cutting a barbaric path through Iraq and Syria.

The Australian Federal Police say a suspected terrorist cell “was close to an attack”.

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NSW Police and Australian Federal Police at a search warrent at Bass Hill. Large numbers of Police have searched the house with the assistance of sniffer dogs and special operations Police. Pics Bill Hearne Source: News Corp Australia

Hundreds of police executed search warrants in Logan, Underwood and Mt Gravatt East along with the Sydney suburbs of Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has this morning confirmed raids took place in Brisbane and Logan this morning “in conjunction” with the terror raids across Sydney.

He refused to go into details of the raids but confirmed they were related to the operation in Sydney and involved both AFP officers and Queensland police.

Mr Stewart said more details about the Brisbane operation would be made public later today but said today’s raids would not have an impact on G20 saying security planning for the summit was already at an extremely high level.

Holland Park Mosque spokesman Ali Kadri said while he could not speak on behalf of the congregation, he was disappointed about the hysteria surrounding the raids.

He said while he had met the family who had been raided at Mt Gravatt East this morning, they did not attend the Holland Park Mosque.

“My feeling is simple, the government has to do their job but the hysteria the government is creating is something I am curious about and disappointed about,” Mr Kadri said.

“The hysteria is causing affliction within the community, we all want to see a safe and secure Australia and the threat to Australia comes from different things, and one is from people misusing Islam (but) also the hate crimes of the mosque being attacked, that also divides the community.”

Mr Kadri encouraged people to come to the Holland Park Mosque tomorrow between 3-4pm for a sausage sizzle and opening.

“The most important thing we want is for people to ask questions rather than using the media or social media as their source of information,” he said.

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Last week, Brisbane man Omar Succarieh, 31, was arrested and charged with terrorism-related offences following a series of raids.

He’s accused of fundraising for Syria-based extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra and helping another man, Agim Kruezi, obtain funds to fight for a terror organisation overseas.

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TERROR RAID: Accused ‘misses his kids’

Succarieh, who is due to apply for bail in court on Thursday, is believed to be the brother of Ahmed Succarieh, who reportedly became Australia’s first suicide bomber in Syria last year.

Logan man Kruezi, 22, has alleged links to the Islamic State group.

The raid follows the lifting of the national security alert level from medium to high last Friday by the outgoing director general of ASIO David Irvine.

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Sword confiscated in dawn raid of isis scum by federal & local police

It is believed the size of the raid eclipsed that of Operation Pendennis in 2005 when several hundred ASIO, AFP and NSW police arrested 13 men across Melbourne and the Sydney suburb of Bankstown, who had been planning bomb attacks in both capitals.

In Brisbane, a double story house on Creek Road, Mount Gravatt East, was among the properties raided.

One neighbour said he had lived near the family, who he described as “Middle Eastern” for more than 20 years but had rarely communicated with them.

The man said he had only heard dogs barking during the morning raid.

A number of Australian Federal Police officers remain at the address.

It has not yet been confirmed whether any arrests have been made.

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Residents on Toolooma St, Logan, said police had swarmed on a single-story house there just after 6am.

By all reports the raids were executed quietly, with no signs of shouting or loud noises during the operation.

Members of the Australian Federal Police attended the scene and a sniffer dog was used to search the premise.

However, very little – if anything – has been removed from the property.

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Neighbours said the family who lived there were always friendly.

“Every time I see the lady, she always says g’day to me,” one man said.

Residents said the man can often be seen in the front yard mowing the lawn in his wheelchair.

Police left the property about 10.40am.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the government was briefed on the raids this morning.

“I’ve got every confidence in both our state police and the Australian Federal Police to handle these issues properly,” Mr Seeney said.

“I think the community should share my confidence.”

Mr Seeney said he was also confident the security organised for the G20 would be able to cope with such issues.

“A high level of security has already been organised around G20 and I am confident that the people who are responsible for G20 security will have built into their security arrangements provisions for every scenario that may develop,” he said.

Senior government ministers were unable to shed more light on the raids, but praised the work of authorities.

“I note the security agencies, the Police, ASIO are working hard to ensure that we are safe,” Coalition frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull told ABC radio this morning.

“Our security is the consequence of continued vigilance and hard work on the part of the security agencies.

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“There is no cause for being complacent about security.

“There are people, regrettably some of them in our midst, that don’t have the nation’s best interest at heart.”

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s G20 Finance Minister’s meeting in Cairns, Joe Hockey said he had confidence in the security measures in place.

“Everyone needs to make sure that with an increased threat level associated with potential terrorist attacks in Australia we have all the necessary precautions taken for both the G20 here in Cairns and also in Brisbane,” the Treasurer told Sunrise.

“But, I am very confident that all bases are covered.

“We have put a lot of effort into this for a long period of time.”

There are about 60 Australians believed to be fighting in Iraq and Syria with groups such as Islamic State, while another 100 are suspected of providing support from Australia.

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NSW Police make arrests in counter terrorism operation

Where the raids took place in Brisbane Source DailyTelegraph map image www.ispysite.com

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Where the raids were carried out in Sydney Source DailyTelegraph image www.ispysite.com

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