ANONYMOUS says they have taken at least 10 Australian government websites offline in a series of escalating attacks over proposed changes to privacy laws.
The Australian arm of the group has warned it will continue the attacks on ".gov.au" sites until any plans to force ISPs to store user data and make it further available to security services are shelved.
The attacks started after Prime Minister Julia Gillard answered policy questions via webcam in an online Google+ Hangout session on Saturday but the sites targeted so far are all run by the Queensland State Government.
Anonymous Australia told news.com.au the sites were specifically chosen because the group had "proof" that small to medium businesses, education departments, student and personal accounts had been tracked by the State Government.
"The Australian Government is attempting to strip away its citizens' internet rights by forcing them to surrender passwords and internet usage data," Anonymous Australia said via email.
Read more at the Herald Sun.
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