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Hackers Attack Parliament Web Site

DATA LOSS—AUSTRALIA

February 18, 2010

Two days after receiving threats over the government's plan to filter Internet information, Parliament's Web site was hit by an apparent denial-of-service attack, CIO reports. Hacking group Anonymous issued a press release on February 8 criticising Australian Telecommunications Minister Stephen Conroy's proposal to require ISPs to filter Web content in an effort to protect children from exposure to online gambling and pornography. "The Australian Government will learn that one does not mess with our porn," Anonymous wrote. "No one messes with our access to perfectly legal (or illegal) content for any reason." Early on February 10 the site was hit by 7.5 million requests per second, rendering it inoperable within a matter of hours.
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