Anonymous' Titstorm moves to offline protest

Anonymous' Titstorm moves to offline protest

Summary: The loose coalition of individuals who attacked federal government technology infrastructure last week under the banner of "Anonymous" has unveiled plans to take its protest against the internet filtering initiative to the streets.


The loose coalition of individuals who attacked federal government technology infrastructure last week under the banner of "Anonymous" has unveiled plans to take its protest against the internet filtering initiative to the streets.

Project Freeweb

The protest initiative by Anonymous has been dubbed "Project Freeweb".
(Credit: Colin Ho/

The group last week knocked the website of the Australian Parliament offline in a distributed denial-of-service attack that also targeted the website of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

The Australian Parliament House website was up over the weekend and today.

Government workers were also sent a flood of email with porn enclosed, prank phone calls and dodgy faxes, in an initiative dubbed "Operation Titstorm".

But on the website Encyclopedia Dramatica, the group appears to have outlined plans to protest in real life in capital cities around Australia. The link to the site was forwarded to Delimiter by a representative of Anonymous.

"Operation Titstorm's initial phase of hacktivism (denial-of-service virtual 'sit-ins') was aimed at disrupting Australian government websites related to Conroy's little project in order to get the media and general public's attention," the site stated.

"This has been very effective tactic for Anonymous in the past and has once again paid off big time for the mission, garnering hundreds of additional troops for Phase Two and generating an abundance of news stories in national and international media along with mostly unanimous support from citizen journalists in the blogosphere."

The next step, the group wrote, was for protesters to peacefully protest en masse outside Parliament House in Canberra on 20 February this year, as well as in every other major Australian capital city, and even at Australia's diplomatic facilities (such as embassies) overseas.

The protest initiative has been dubbed "Project Freeweb" to differentiate it from the prior Operation Titstorm moniker after the internet attacks were slammed by other filter protest groups as harming the overall protest movement.

The Project Freeweb site states a number of conduct guidelines for the protest, including recommendations that participants don't wear masks, don't simply repeat internet memes but instead get involved in meaningful dialogue, and become informed about the issues by reading about them on sites such as that of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Participants are also advised not to stray too far away from Anonymous public statements and into dangerous territory.

"If provoked, steer the conversation away from this by saying that you personally don't take part in the distributed denial-of-service aspects of Operation Titstorm and that this part of the campaign is handled by our 'experts' in that field. After all, most 'freedom fighters' have parliamentary wings. [In real life] protesters are the public face of Anonymous and — as such — Anonymous 'ambassadors'," the site stated.

Topics: Censorship, Government, Government AU

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Project Freeweb

    The Australian government, in unveiling its plan for mandatory Internet censorship, has aroused the ire of Anons worldwide. This filter is sexist, against women, blocking legal pornography of small-breasted women under the guise of anti-pedophilia as well as blocking female ejaculation, which is wholly refused classification. However, the filter doesn't stop there, as it has already blocked wikileaks, in an act of revenge, as it was responsible for posting the full leaked list of blocked websites, which, of course, included in addition to the pornography perfectly innocent bystander websites, such as a dentist's. While the filter is bad enough in its currently planned incarnation, which already has advanced quite far from the version presented to the public during elections, a great fear is that it will be the start of worsening political censorship. It must be stopped.

    Knowledge is free.
    We are anonymous,
    We are legion,
    We do not forgive,
    We do not forget...
    Join us.
  • Conjuntion with other laws

    OK seems to me that Anonymous has forgotten what these laws are made to be in conjunction with. 'the anti bikie laws' note there are already laws in place to deal with criminal gangs, and they work. The anti bikie legislation means you can be charged without evidence, without being told what for, and without a defense in court. In conjunction with this you can add the internet censorship laws and bingo you become an enemy of the state and arrested and sentenced on the grounds of 'terrorism' or looking at pornography. Hell you can go to jail even for looking at a 20 year old woman in a porn movie and be accused of being a pedophile without being told what the charges are!!!!! OR seeing a shred of evidence in court!!!!

    This is the hard fact of a 'socialist government' or far left government, the 'left' takes away your 'individual rights' and establishes 'unions' which take part of your salary as 'mandatory' under a union agreement and donate it to the labor party.

    And not to forget the unions run most of the drugs in Australia anyway. HARD FACT that one. Times have not changed since the painters and dockers union.
  • Not many care

    It dosn't worry most of the populus.

    You go around sprouting that kind of talk Anon and all you will get is laughter . You'll be accused of a 'commie hating right wing nut' who wears a tin foil cap.

    The Americans don't seem to mind - they have been stripped of Habeus Corpus - read Gore Vidal 'Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace'

    It's possible that most people don't mind being told what to think, how to think - it's obvious when those that support the filter have done all but zero research into how ineffectual it really is..

    And should I remind you? Australians voted for Labor - they voted for this. They knew about it, and still powered on. No amount of 'Titstorm' or 'Freeweb' is going to change that.
  • project freeweb is borken

    web site is down. Who broke it?
  • john howard removed

    i voted labour because of one simple reason and that was to remove john howard and his arrogance. unfortunately this happened.
  • RE:

    It probably really wont stop the law but rolling over and playing dead is not an option! Keeping stuff like this alive means keeping an awareness of at least a portion of people. It may stand a chance and we must support that chance no matter what!