Turns Out Anonymous Didn't Breach The Real ABC

Yesterday we brought you the story that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation had been breached by a member of Anonymous for airing a controversial interview on Lateline that, the hacker claimed, spread an anti-Islamic message. After forum usernames and other details were leaked online yesterday, the ABC has since conducted an investigation and found that no official ABC property was actually hacked. So where did the information come from?

The ABC did in fact confirm the hack, saying that it was from an ABC forum, but not one that the ABC controlled itself.

It turns out that the data came from an external forum commissioned but not maintained by the ABC. The data came from the website of a hacked television program called Making Australia Happy.

The statement from Aunty reads as so:

Making Australia Happy is an external website and does not sit on the ABC Information Technology infrastructure. This means that the ABC’s core servers and systems are not affected.

The ABC has contacted the registered audience members of Making Australia Happy website which has now been shut down.

The ABC has strongly advised those people to change their passwords on any other online or digital services if there is a risk that they have used the same password as the one they used on the Making Australia Happy website.

The ABC is continuing to provide as much information as possible to these affected audience members to assist them to manage their online security.

The ABC is taking immediate steps to check all of our external websites that are developed and hosted outside of the ABC to assess security.

This will include confirming with external partners their security practises and technologies. Meanwhile the ongoing monitoring of our internal ABC systems continues in order to strengthen our defences against future cyber-attacks.

The ABC is in touch with external security agencies to ensure we are doing everything possible to prevent further breaches.



    Hey Luke, it would be good if you could stop referring to Anonymous hackers as "members of Anonymous". They aren't members of anything, they cant be because Anonymous isn't an organised group. These people are just Anonymous. So just call them Anonymous hackers.
    i would of thought that Gizmodo's editor would be one to understand this.

      Hey bouskinthor they're posting their material under the united banner reprasentative of "Anonymous" ergo they ARE anonymous? I thought this would have been pretty easy to understand. Doesn't necessarily need to be organized, they are representing, therfore they are part of.

      No, they ARE "members" of Anonymous, even if just informally. Muntedewok explains it well.

      The trouble is that "anonymous" is a word with a specific meaning (unknown person), but in this context it's being used as a name, not a description. If Luke were to simply write "Anonymous hackers" then it would be pretty confusing (regardless of the capital letter), since as simply Anonymous hackers ( i.e. unknown hackers) they could be members off any group or none.

        But i think thats exactly the point of Anonymous, they arent members of a group, they dont know each other and anyone can hack anything and say it was done by Anonymous. And yes it would be confusing, but it wouldn't be incorrect. They are essentially unknown hackers.

          That's not accurate at all. Like Muntedwok says, it's a representative banner, that's an extremely important distinction.
          A group like al-Qaeda (I am not equating the aims of these two things) works in a similar way- you have a lot of unconnected groups and people with the same aims, when they do something they attribute it to "al-Qaeda" weather they have a direct connection or not.
          That loosed non-structure makes them that much harder to deal with.

            The first rule of Anonymous is that you don't talk about Anonymous...

      Well it was just some antisec dickwad who lives in his parent's house. He didn't tweet as Anonymous. Just under the op hashtag. The media called him Anonymous. So yes, Anonymous doesn't give out membership cards, meaning people rather operate under the auspices of it. It's no different than any other rebel faction. Just ask them if they associate with Anonymous.

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