It was today behind coordinated hack attacks on Australian government sites in protest of the country’s proposed net censorship plans.
It’s latest hit echoed a similar attack in November, 2009.
“The attacks, confirmed by the Attorney-General’s Department, crippled Australia’s parliamentary website for almost an hour, including the Communications Department, which is pushing a compulsory internet filter for pornography and offensive content”, says the Herald-Sun.
Operation Titstorm ” brought down a number of Government websites this morning, with the Parliament House site remaining offline well into the afternoon”, says ABC News, continuing >>>
Anonymous claimed the attack was to highlight moves by the Government to ban the import of films featuring female ejaculation (which was classified as urination) as well as films featuring small-breasted women, over fears such films were simulating child pornography.
“More importantly, Anonymous does not approve of the steps already undertaken by the Australian Government to control what their populous [sic] sees,” the statement said
“Claiming to be cracking down on ‘simulated child pornography,’ many depictions of women with small breasts in pornography have been banned,” the group said in a statement.
“Officials cannot claim that they believe the models in these movies are in fact underage, as the production the titles that have been affected are heavily regulated to ensure the age of the models.
“Instead they are relying on earlier ambiguous wording that allows pornography featuring models that ‘appear to be’ under 18 years of age to be treated in the same manner as actual child pornography.”
“These people should know that our recent attacks were simply the first of many planned protests”, ABC News has Anonymous saying.
“We plan to employ a variety of protesting methods in the future, including many quite different from those used today. Anonymous has quite a number of tricks up its collective sleeve.”
Australia’s “centre-left government, which faces elections later this year, has promised an internet filter which would block a list of banned websites, including child abuse material and pornography”, says the Herald-Sun.
http://www.aph.gov.au/ was down when we tried to access it at 7:22 am Pacific.
..… and identi.ca
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
almost a year ago – Aussie government: you’ve been warned, March 21, 2009
Herald-Sun – Hackers protesting against a proposed internet filter that targets pornography shut down Federal Government website, February 11, 2010
ABC News – Pro-porn protesters target government websites, February 10, 2010
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