Hackers deface more Australian sites

Hackers deface more Australian sites
HIDING BEHIND A MASk: A screengrab of the video posted purportedly by computer hacker group Anonymous.

JAKARTA - The authorities in the region were no clearer on the precise identities of those behind a series of attacks on websites, even as more websites reportedly fell victim to the global movement called Anonymous.

On Monday, a group called Anonymous Indonesia claimed responsibility for the defacement of around 200 Australian sites to protest against reports of alleged Australian spying in Indonesia.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said he had been following these reports, but was not sure what kind of causal relationship there was between the surveillance disclosures and the attacks.

What he wanted though, he said at a press conference on Monday, was a "strong commitment" from both Australia and the United States that they "would not be engaged in any activity inconsistent with the friendly relations between our two countries".

Anonymous Philippines said it had infiltrated more than 100 government websites before a demonstration outside Congress today as part of a global march against corruption and government censorship. The government pledged to take action against hackers.

Anonymous Philippines apologised for the inconvenience, but said it was drumming home the message that Filipinos have become "tired of this government and the politicians who only think about themselves", the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

Meanwhile, Indonesian officials said they had yet to receive reports or requests to identify the attackers, believed to be a loose network of hackers.

Communication and Information Technology Ministry spokesman Gatot Dewa Broto said such attacks, like illegal surveillance, cannot be left unchallenged. "We are often the object of such cyber attacks," he told The Straits Times.

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