Hacktivists Strike Australian Government Websites

In protest of proposed censorship regulations by the Australian government, hacktivists launched a distributed denial of service attack against Australian government websites.

Operation Titstorm, launched Wednesday, disrupted access to the sites of the Australian parliament and government, www.australia.gov.au and www.aph.gov.au.

The attacks included pornographic images, which were slated to be censored. The proposed filtering would block websites that feature “extreme sexual content.” The category includes rape, bestiality, and child pornography, but also images many do not consider offensive.

The attacks also included spam, prank phone calls and fake emails. The attacks are similar to the attacks conducted by the loose knit group Anonymous, which took down a Scientology website.

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