August 10th, 2012
04:24 AM ET

Hackers attack Australian spy agency website

Australia's national intelligence agency acknowledged Friday that its public website may have encountered problems after hackers said they had subjected it to a sustained campaign of cyber attacks.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organization "is aware that there may have been some technical issues with its public website," a spokesman for the organization said.

But the site "does not host any classified information and any disruption would not represent a risk to ASIO's business," the spokesman added, using the agency's abbreviated name.

The hackers, who appeared to have links to the loose collective Anonymous, said they had been launching attacks on the ASIO site and those of other Australian government agencies over the past few days, according to Twitter accounts under the names Anonymous Australia and OperationAustralia.

The ASIO site "has been down for some time now, And will be for the rest of the day!" OperationAustralia tweeted Friday morning, Sydney time. The site appeared to be functioning normally about seven hours later.


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  1. Sinfully Yours

    Hacking Australia...
    So easy, a caveman can do it!

    August 10, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    Ah ha phillip you can take a break cant you? So do so you have more constructive things you can be doing

    August 10, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ Philip, did you make it on TV yesterday? I read your posts but i dont watch tv much so dont know if you did, but i DO see you werent incarcerated, so that worked out for you.

    August 10, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    wow, where did Philips post go? Lottsa game playin goin on, on this site the past couple days! ;(

    August 10, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      CNN is droppin' the ban hammer on everyone it seems.

      August 10, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Okay, my question would be:
    Although every country has its secrets, I suppose.
    Who hoo!
    Where are the secrets of the joeys and the dingos?

    August 10, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Gm@chrissy, Superman. (already said gm to banasy ala seinfeld to newman, earlier) 🙂
    And thanx for asking, chrissy. Hardly anyone showed to see President Obama yesterday. It looked like about 3 maybe 4 thousand people. And I couldn't get to where I had stashed my Sibel sign.(barriers)
    Colo. Spgs. economy is 50% military spending, and so most everyone calls themselves a republican here and vote along party lines. We did have a gay mayor once, though. She didn't last long. Rough town to be gay in for sure.
    And it's odd, b/c I have yet to speak with a resident exited about Romney. I read their comments in the editorials...purty much copy/paste FOX views though.

    August 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Sanctions " the weapon of mass destruction" of diplomacy, someone so aptly said. And Cyber Warfare the new facet of war.
    It could be to dig up what they did to the aborigines @banasy.

    August 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Same old story for men who hold themselves in higher regard than the native people whose land they aspire to take over.
      Same as it ever was.

      He answered that.

      August 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pedro Ramirez

    This article is both highly interesting and thought provoking.

    August 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @saywhat. Yep. White auzzie man humpeth black aborigine woman, no problemo. They simply demoted new and aborted creamy babies from living humans to dingo doggy food. Or looked the other way when religionsists kidnapped and enslaved them. Yes. We have our modern-day counterparts. Name them?

    August 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ Pedro, you already said that. And @ Philip, be glad it was only 3 or 4 thousand! Could get awful claustrophobic with many more! Lol

    August 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @chrissy, true. Colorado College is small campus-wise. But when it comes to high tuition, CC kicks buttock. 🙂

    August 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    That was in a nutshell. Our own modern day counterparts? I hear you.

    August 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SO...

    Did you get on TV yesterday, Philip? You were so eager to.

    August 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    They are all ridiculously high! Particularly when there are only low paying jobs available that dont require a degree in anything, just a willingness to work hard for very little pay! Seems rather redundant to waste money on college these days.

    August 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    It was and is a lot more than 3 or 4 thousand creamy babies, chrissy. (i realize out of sync, but wanted to make a point.
    Pro Life takes the lead 1-0 as Philipe hits a homer. Batter up!

    August 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SO...

      SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO SHOWED UP AT YOUR RALLY! WHY DO YOU DO THIS?????? WHY DO YOU ACT WILLYFULLY IGNORANT YOURSELF WHEN IT COMES TO FOLLOWING A CONVERSATION????? GOD, why do you think you are the only moral or just person here???? And CREAMY BABIES????? Really? That is a very demeaning way of talking about bi-racial children, AND YOU KNOW IT!!!! GOD! SHUT UP already!!!!!!!!!!

      August 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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