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Hackers broke into the Australian government's film and videogame classification website yesterday and posted a message opposing comms minister Stephen Conroy's trial of internet filtering.

At the time of writing the site is still unavailable - but here is a screengrab of the front page kindly sent in by an Antipodean Reg reader.

Conroy was appearing on ABC TV show Q&A last night and from all accounts did not win many new recruits to his plan to filter internet content for all Aussies. The show should be available for download from here a little later.

The trial of the great Aussie Firewall has faced increased criticism since the secret blacklist of banned sites was published on WikiLeaks. Contrary to Conroy's promises the list included many sites which had nothing to do with child sexual abuse. The website of a travel agent and a Queensland dentist were among those which Australian citizens may not visit.

An Aussie photographer also found his pictures on the blacklist - Conroy blamed "technical errors" for the gaffe

Conroy originally denied the leaked addresses were the Australian Communications and Media Authority(ACMA) list but then changed his mind and admitted it was broadly similar. ®

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