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Hacker Group Publishes Consumer Data as Protest

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRALIA

July 30, 2012

In an act of protest against a proposed Australian data retention law, hacktivist group Anonymous has started publishing consumer data allegedly gleaned from an Australian Internet service provider (ISP), GIZMODO reports. Meanwhile, in a ZDNet report, experts analyze what effect the group’s efforts may have on the proposed data retention bill. One expert says the attack was opportunistic and  not “an overly skilled exercise in attacking that system.” Another expert argues that no system is totally secure and the proposed bill would require too much effort and monetary expense for ISPs to handle.
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