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Australia police, central bank websites hacked

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Posted November 21, 2013
Australian police and central bank websites have fallen victim to cyber attacks
Australian police and central bank websites have fallen victim to cyber attacks
Australian police and central bank websites fell victim to cyber attacks Thursday with an Indonesian hacker claiming responsibility, reportedly demanding that Canberra apologise in an intensifying row over spying.

The row—triggered by reports that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of the Indonesian president, his wife and ministers—has pushed ties between Jakarta and Canberra to their lowest level since the turn of the century.

Officials called the attack on the Australian Federal Police and the Reserve Bank of Australia “irresponsible”, and said whoever was to blame could face prosecution.

“These attacks… will not influence government policy,” the federal police said in a statement.

“Activities such as hacking, creating or propagating malicious viruses are not harmless fun. They can result in serious long-term consequences for individuals, such as criminal convictions or jail time.”

Police officials said their site, which hosts no sensitive information, was operating when staff left work on Wednesday evening but it was down on Thursday morning.

The outage comes barely two weeks after activist group Anonymous Indonesia claimed responsibility for defacing more than 170 Australian websites to protest at reports of Canberra spying on its nearest neighbour and strategic ally.

Read more at: Phys.org

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