Australia has some of the strongest internet censorship laws in the so called “free world.” In pursuit of limiting its youth from being influenced by pornography and violence, the government created a Cyber Security Operations Centre that has diligently pursued internet content it deems inappropriate.
Those who advocate a more open cyberspace have struck back.
The international hacker group known as Anonymous has turned its sights from hacking Scientology websites to the Australian government.
For a short while, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s homepage became a porn site called “Operation Titstorm.”
The Prime Minister’s website was brought down along with the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
The Cyber Security Operations Centre even had a five-day advanced warning that an attack was coming, but still were unable to deter it. Although the Australian government has successfully censored thousands of websites, their inability to deter a hack into their own system points out a certain ineptitude that is sure to delight supporters of free expression.