Website attacks spread throughout Government
Government security sources have told The Punch the attacks on the official Parliament website have also spread to the Attorney-Generals, Communications and the Department of Immigration.
The attack is believed to have been carried out by a loose coalition of hackers known as Anonymous who have previously claimed responsibility for attacks on the Church of Scientology.
A couple of days ago when Communication Minister Stephen Conroy was asked about the possibility of attacks by hacker groups on Government website he basically laughed it off. One wonders whether Mr Conroy is laughing today.
The Director of Parliamentary Services Alan Thompson told The Punch that the Parliament website had been the subject of at least four denial of service attacks throughout the day.
Mr Thompson have also been flooded with spam emails containing “mainly pornographic material.”
The Department of Immigration has also been subject to at least one major attack today that brought down the site at one point, with reported attacks on the Attorney General’s department.
It is also understood that the group is planning another phase of attacks this evening or tomorrow, that will target the Prime Minister’s website www.pm.gov.au.
Government websites in Canberra are apparently still operational under protection from a “secure gateway” in the Parliamentary triangle.
Forums frequented by Anonymous members are hailing the attacks as a great victory in their campaign against the Government’s proposed web filter.
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