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Cyber Attackers Hack Australian Government Websites

A hacker group attacked government websites in Australia to protest against the proposal that prohibits pornography on the Australian Internet. Individuals masterminding the group named "Anonymous" assigned the title 'Operation Titstorm' to their campaign.

It (Operation Titstorm) involves unsolicited bulk e-mails, which will deal with 3 categories of "illegal material" that the government plans to prohibit. These categories are cartoon porn, female ejaculation and small-breasted women. Additionally, it is said that Anonymous will use DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attacks to slander the websites.

Alongside these, the protest operation will utilize other types of communication modes.

The hacked websites are the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, the main Australian government website and the Australian Parliament House.

Meanwhile, Anonymous threatened the Australian Government in an e-mail saying that no government is empowered to deprive the citizens of its country from accessing anything online just because authorities think that is undesirable. The message added that sooner or later the Australian Government would learn not to interfere with the country's pornography, as reported by NZHerald on February 11, 2010.

Stephen Conroy, a Spokeswoman for Communications Minister, in her criticism of the hacks' malicious nature, stated that the attackers demonstrated completely irresponsible behavior as well as potentially prevented the Australian people from accessing services, as reported by Upi on February 10, 2010.

The latest news underscores what Prolexic (a network protection company) found in its recently released report. It stated that in the latest phase of botnet evolution, activist and political inclinations were currently the key motivations for espionage, denial-of-service as well as other cyber assaults.

Furthermore, another country engaged in clean-up operations like Australia is China. Here workers have been recruited to scrutinize all '.cn' domains for porn along with other malevolent Internet sites, which are spreading malware.

Finally, as online porn is now a worldwide issue, legal advisors call for addressing it. The reason for its reining is its incessant growth in magnitude day by day. Further, modern porn is often related to malicious campaigns that through different kinds of cyber crime slander the Internet, according to legal advisors.

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