Anonymous Threatens To Expose Data From An Australian ISP

Hackers representing the interests of international hacktivist group Anonymous have this week defaced several Queensland government websites and are threatening to expose the user data of an Australian ISP to protest the proposed data retention scheme in Australia.

The hacks, first spotted by News.com.au, saw the group known as Operation Australia deface 10 Queensland websites to protest the state government allegedly tracking its citizens.

The Anonymous members behind Operation Australia are deeply troubled by the state of the National Security inquiry which plans to discuss implementing mandatory retention of user data by ISPs for two years under a plan proposed by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon.

A spokesperson for the group who asked to remain anonymous, told us this afternoon that it will continue to hack and deface government sites as a form of protest "while the gov[ernment] continues to attack its citizens [and] treat us like criminals".

The group also made threats against an unnamed local ISP, saying that if the National Security Inquiry continued it would leak data to show how unsecured the information of citizens would be if it had to be retained at a service provider level.

The spokesperson assured us though that user data would stay safe.

"we do not plan to release ppls details altho stay tuned for more leaks, maybe from n isp to show how unsafe our data is [sic]," the spokesperson said.

The hackers haven't as yet made a submission to the National Security Inquiry but said they'd consider a submission made on behalf of Anonymous.

Along with the data retention scheme, the hacktivists denounced the TPPA, saying that it would "allow some pretty nasty stuff for AU citizens". They wouldn't rule out protesting that, either.

As far as Operation Australia is concerned, the spokesperson did say that some members are geographically based in Australia but that they remain citizens of the internet at all times.

Below is the text that the group posted onto the Queensland government websites, taken from Cyber War News:

T h e J o k e N e t w o r k – Continuing the lulz since 2o12 :.

: :

: Welcome, Australian boys and girls. :

: You may have heard about the proposed National Security changes. :

: :

: You probably don’t like them. We certainly don’t. :

: :

: Do you like the idea of surrendering your passwords or people spying on your :

: Facebook or Twitter accounts? :

: :

: Nope, we didn’t think you did. :

: :

: Your government seems to think that everyone in Australia is a terrorist. :

: :

: Do you still want to believe in your paranoid leaders? :

: If we were Australian, we sure wouldn’t… :

: :

: @Op_Australia ~ irc.anonops.com #opAustralia :

: :

: We are Anonymous. We are also the Joke Network. :

: We are Legion. We are continuing the lulz. :

:. Expect us. Both of us. .:

Image: Stefan Postles/Getty Images


Comments

    Love how the syntax identifies the age of the writer pretty accurately.

      children love to play on there computers

        "their".... :/

        Mate, if you are going to try and insult a group of people who are standing up for our rights, at least learn which 'there' to use.

          Stand up for our rights by breaching them? They are going to protest the government storing information about people by releasing the same information for criminals and scammers to use. Please justify your logic.

            Public embarrassment is journalist catnip. While these attacks (and certainly the 1337speak statements) may appear petty and juvenile, they attract media attention and thus raise awareness of an insidious, impractical abuse of power by our elected leaders.

            As to your 'information for criminals and scammers', if you had read the article you would see that they have advised they will not be releasing user data. That said, if they can get this data then 'criminals and scammers' can likely do so as well, and I can assure you *they* wouldn't be trying to raise awareness of exploitable security lapses.

            did you not actually read the whole article?
            “we do not plan to release ppls details altho stay tuned for more leaks, maybe from n isp to show how unsafe our data is [sic],” the spokesperson said.

            it pays to read things properly ;)

        Isn't that why the government wants to store traffic, to keep our children safe from the internet?

      It seems to me that one would do this intentionally, And, Assuming i'm correct, they've done a very good job at tricking you.

        "we do not plan to release ppls details"

        Exact quote denying what you just said.

        Anyway, while i'm not in agreement with how Anonymous operate, I definitely agree with their reasons for doing so.

        Let me guess, Civil disobedience, is still disobedience?

      Funnily enough. I don't think it really says so much these days. ppl of all ages type funny and a lot of younger people actually pick up on proper etiquette and type in full and proper sentences.

    So they don't want to be treated like criminals, I think they should stop being criminals !

      Yep, protesting is criminal - better tell the black people to go back to being slaves.

        "Hackers representing the interests of international hacktivist group Anonymous have this week defaced several Queensland government websites and are threatening to expose the user data of an Australian ISP to protest the proposed data retention scheme in Australia" First Paragraph !
        No protesting is not illegal ....hacking an ISP and releasing their user data is...... O_o

          The article contain some conflicting information, given that they're considering themselves untouchable in this would you trust them with your data ?

        Hacking is criminal. Wilful destruction of property is criminal. Misuse of a carriage service is criminal. Identity theft is criminal.

    I feel like a douche for pointing this out, but there is no irony in the fact that someone acting for anonymous wants to remain anonymous. Quite the opposite in fact

      Yeah exactly. They are acting for all of our privacy here, nothing ironic about it at all.

      The second I read that, my respect for the author dropped a good 10-20%. "Ironic" is yet another abused word thanks to poor education.
      It would be ironic if the government spokesperson wanted to remain anonymous, not the person fighting for anonymity!

        Gah. Never even meant for it to go up with that word in there anyway! I have a habit of writing little jokes to myself in drafts and then editing the sentences around the jokes before removing the note. Hope you enjoyed this look behind the curtain.

      yeah I read that and thought the same . It would be Ironic if someone from anonymous wanted to be famous though.

      Dont worry, you are right.

      Giz should do more to support these guys.

    Hahaha. Love how you probably know nothing about computers and you're over 20 are you? Now that's childish

    If they hit Optus, colour me interested. I wanna see what they got on me. Spill it I say!

    I bet you it's TPG. I always imagine them to be like a sweatshop full of indians working long hours and under paid. I bet their security is non-existent. How else can their prices be so cheap?

      I reckon it will be a lesser known provider, both because if it were bigger Anonymous would already be claiming it, and if it were a bigger company then they would (should) already be in damage control before it's leaked to the press.

      Smaller provider = no one really cares.

    Jeez.. talk about missing the point. You want to leak information about the --> Politicians Public = Innocent, Politicians = Guilty! <====

    *Sigh*

    These kiddies and the kiddy who wrote this article need to learn the different levels of government in this country. Federal LABOR want to bring in this law, yet State LNB site was hacked. All this action did was prove how clueless this bunch of dipsh&t tweeners are.

      I raised this, in not so strong terms. Basically they said the QLD hacks were essentially a warning and a retaliation for the state allegedly tracking citizens. They didn't rule out escalating the attacks to Federal level.

      maybe the state govt sites were easier to hack than the federal ones?

    So they are protesting the government holding our info... by... releasing our info? idoits!

      Did you even read the article? They are specifically saying that they will not release user data. Good grief.

        And I'm going to trust a group of teenagers to keep my data secured? What background and police checks are done before a person is allowed to join annon? Can you or any one in annon garantee that my data is safe, that no spammers or identity thiefs will have access to my data? And if my data does get missused and my identity does get stolen, who can I sue? Does annon have lawyers that I can send my lawyers to?

        Didn't think so.

          I think you should research what Anonymous is. It's your ISP which is responsible for keeping your data safe, and since not doing so Anonymous has obtained some people's said details. What do spammers have to do with it? You can sue your ISP for leaking information if it comes down to that.

            why do so many people think these are teenagers? No one knows who they are, thats the thing, they could be anybody, and do you really trust the gov or your isp not to sell your info?

            If you were doing these things, would you act like yourself and draw attention, or would you act like a little kid to throw them off your trail?

    "Only tyrants need to worry about tyrant killers!" - Brutus (TV Series: Rome)

    "A spokesperson for the group who asked to remain anonymous" Hahaha get it? anonymous wishing to remain anonymous... so punny

    Obviously the law would be refering to citizens who use the internet for criminal activity . One thing that I've always been wary of though. Is governments who want to much control. And people who don't any control at all. Booth viewpoints are sus, at their extremes.

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