Classification.gov.au gets hacked

Summary:The Australia's Classification Board website, which determines Australia's film, literature and media classifications, appears to have been hacked by protesters against its regime.

The Australia's Classification Board website, which determines Australia's film, literature and media classifications, appears to have been hacked by protesters against its regime.

(Credit: Anonymous ZDNet.com.au reader)

The site, which at the time of writing was inaccessible, was confirmed by the classification board's staff to News.com.au to have been hacked last night by what appear to be anti-censorship protesters.

"This site contains information about the boards that have the right to CONTROL YOUR FREEDOMZ," the protesters wrote.

"The Classification Board has the right to not just classify content (the name is an ELABORATE TRICK), but also the right to DECIDE WHAT IS AND ISNT APPROPRIATE and BAN CONTENT FROM THE PUBLIC [sic]."

The hack occurred shortly after Minister for Communications Stephen Conroy appeared on the ABC's current affairs panel Q&A, where the second half of the show was dedicated to the ongoing debate about Conroy's proposed mandatory filtering scheme.

The message the hackers had posted on the Classification Board's site appeared to reference comments the minister had made some months ago regarding the Greens which last December announced it wouldn't support mandatory ISP filtering.

"All opposers must HATE CHILDREN, and therefore must be KILLED WITH A LARGE MELONS during the PROSECUTION PARTIES IN SEPTEMBER [sic]," the hackers wrote.

Spokespeople from the board were unable to respond to ZDNet.com.au's questions at the time of writing.

Topics: Government : AU, Censorship, Tech Industry

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