Tags: AS | Australia | Cyber | Attack

Hackers Disrupt Australian Government Web Sites

Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 03:05 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Hackers shut down several Australian government Web sites Wednesday in a coordinated attack against a proposed Internet filter that targets pornography and criminal sites.

The Australian Parliament House Web site was down for almost an hour and the Department of Communications site also experienced difficulties, the Attorney-General's Department said in a statement.

It said the distributed denial-of-service attack, which blocked access to the sites, was launched by a group calling itself only "Anonymous."

The attack mirrored a similar one last November, also attributed to Anonymous.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that a statement from Anonymous said the attack was intended to protest the government's mandatory filter, particularly its blocking of certain pornography sites.

"More importantly, Anonymous does not approve of the steps already undertaken by the Australian Government to control what their populous sees," said the statement quoted by ABC.

The federal government — which is up for re-election this year — plans to introduce a mandatory Internet filtering system by early 2011 that will block obscene and crime-linked Web sites. The system would make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among the world's democracies.

Critics say the filter will not prevent determined users from sharing such content, and it could lead to unwarranted censorship by overzealous officials.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

China Launches Experimental Moon Orbiter

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 06:41 AM

China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the coun . . .

Australian Doctors Transplant 'dead' Hearts in Surgical Breakthrough

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 06:40 AM

Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they  . . .

Former Rep. Walker: Climate Change More Politics Than Science

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 15:42 PM

The issue of man-made climate change has become more of a political matter than a scientific one, former Pennsylvania Re . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved