Hackers launch DoS attack on government websites

A group calling itself ‘Anonymous’ has launched a denial of service (DoS) attack on two government websites to protest the Federal Government’s plans to introduce mandatory ISP-level Internet content filtering.

The attack, named “Operation Titstorm”, hit the Australian Parliament House and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) websites.

A spokesperson for the Attorney-General's Department in a statement confirmed the attacks, and said DBCDE website has also been experiencing a degraded service. While the statement said the attack took the sites offline for 50 minutes, users have reported continual difficulty in accessing the Australian Parliament House website.

“Australian Government agencies identified as potential targets by ‘Anonymous’ were briefed in advance and were provided with suggested mitigation strategies,” the spokesperson said. “The Department of Defence Cyber Security Operations Centre continues to monitor the situation.”

In a statement, the Anonymous Group said it had been watching developments in the content filtering legislation, and doesn’t approve of steps being taken to block Refused Classification (RC) material.

The attack comes just under a year after the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OLFC) website was defaced by another group also opposed to the Federal Government’s plan.

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