Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/12/anonymous_data_digging_downunder/

Anonymous stalking Australian spooks

Hacktivists circling law enforcement and intelligence agencies

By Natalie Apostolou

Posted in Security, 12th August 2012 22:08 GMT

The Australian chapter of hacktivist prankster cabal Anonymous has been engaging in prolific white noise activity down under making numerous threats via Twitter that it has infiltrated numerous law enforcement sites including Australia’s spy agency ASIO.

On Friday, Anonymous claimed on Operations Australia Twitter account, that it had brought down the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation's (ASIO's) site for at least 30 minutes and was also targeting, the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD). While there was reported intermittent issues at both sites, neither were down for significant periods of time.

ASIO admitted in a statement that it was “aware that there may have been some technical issues with its public website.” But stated that the public website does not host any classified information that may be in danger if the site is compromised.

The DSD also stated "the DSD website has not experienced any technical issues and has remained available. The DSD website does not host any classified information and any disruption would not represent a risk to DSD business." Anonymous' Operation Australia Tweeted a number of ongoing threats over the we On Sunday night Operation Australia tweeted, “Get READY! DOS ATTACKS ON AFP http://www.afp.gov.au 5 MINUTES! Help Bring these PIGS down!”

However, the AFP site did not appear to be affected on Sunday night. According to CyberWarNews, the merry hacksters had also attempted to bring down the Tasmanian Police site on Sunday night, following a threatened attack on the same site August 7, however the site was running when El Reg checked in. ®