Hackers Hit Australian Emergency Services to Protest YouTube Video

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As part of a spreading protest against the inflammatory "Innocence of Muslims" YouTube video, hackers recently compromised and defaced several Web sites for Australia's New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES).

"The web pages targeted were sub-pages for regions including Wollongong, Sydney Southern, Gosford, Hurstville, Guyra, Corindi, Armidale, Ryde, Randwick, Lismore, Tamworth, Kogarah, Manly, Orange, Shoalhaven and Inverell," writes The Sydney Morning Herald's Asher Moses. "There is an 'all rights reserved' copyright message on the hacked page assigning rights to 'Turk Muslim Hacker can not be imitated.'"

"'How can you even think talking about our Prophet Muhammad?? ... We will never let you humiliate and tease the Muslims,' read the protest message posted on the sites," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "The one responsible for the breach, SLYHACKER, threatened the United States, France, Israel, and 'all Muslim enemies' that their actions would 'never be forgotten.'"

ABC North Coast NSW quotes State Emergency Service spokesman Phil Campbell as stating, "The NSW SES has been made aware of a small number of locally based unit Web sites that have been hacked by a pro-Islamist group. We have made sure that those Web sites that were affected have been taken down and remedial action is underway."

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