Government sites brought down by anti-internet filtering activists

A group know for its anti-Church of Scientology stance brought down government websites today as part of its protest against the controversial internet filtering laws.

A flyer distributed by Anonymous

Dubbed “Operation Titstorm”, the group called Anonymous targeted sites including the Parliament of Australia website.

A spokesman for the Attorney-General’s Department also confirmed that the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy’s site has “been experiencing a degraded service”.

It is not clear how many other sites were also affected. The spokesman said that government agency the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) is monitoring the situation.

A spokesman for Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, has slammed the attacks as “totally irresponsible”.

The Government welcomes public debate on the merits of ISP filtering, but Denial of Service attacks are not a legitimate form of political statement,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman for the Attorney-General’s Department added:

The attack was a distributed denial of service attack by individuals belonging to the Anonymous Group. Australian Government agencies identified as potential targets by ‘Anonymous’ were briefed in advance and were provided with suggested mitigation strategies.

The Government continues to monitor the issue and DSD is continuing to work with affected agencies. DBCDE and APH are the only sites which are known to be affected at this time.”

In a move led by Conroy, the government recently signalled it would go ahead with its controversial plans for internet filtering in Australia, despite fears that it will slow down broadband speeds, while others have dubbed the move as internet censorship.

Anonymous is also expected to continue its campaign by spamming government offices with pornographic emails, faxes and prank phone calls.

Hungry Beast’s take on Operation Titstorm:

Previously Conroy had laughed at the likelihood of the group’s attack succeeding after a previous attemopt did not:


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