Anonymous Hackers Hit Australian ISP

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Members of Anonymous have stolen customer data from Australian ISP AAPT to demonstrate the dangers of a proposed Australian data retention law.

"The 'data retention' proposal to store Australian's web history is being considered by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in the face of strident opposition from internet freedom advocates who believe it is unnecessary, invasive and could expose Australians to privacy risks," writes The Sydney Morning Herald's Ben Grubb. "Its supporters are law enforcement agencies, who argue without data retention countless crimes would go unsolved."

"The hackers involved in the attacks told SC they broke into the dedicated server, hosted by Melbourne IT, through an unpatched Adobe Cold Fusion vulnerability," writes SC Magazine's Darren Pauli.

"Members from Anonymous Australia said that they will leak the stolen data on Sunday, but emphasised that they would not leak personal data," writes ZDNet's Michael Lee. "ZDNet Australia understands that the group estimates that the removal of personal data would bring the total amount of leaked data down from 40 GB to between 30 GB and 35 GB."

"AAPT's David Yuile said preliminary findings suggested that two files were compromised and that the data was 'historic, with limited personal customer information,'" writes TechEye's Nick Farrell. "The servers were old and had not been used or connected to AAPT for at least 12 months."

"The hackers are trying to make the point that they can get into ISPs' records and steal anything stored there, which would mean that if the government kept a whole lot of information about the communications of every Australian, that information would be at risk," writes ZDNet's Suzanne Tindal.