Hackers deface over 100 Australian websites
Hackers claiming links to the Anonymous hacking group have defaced over 100 websites belonging to Australian businesses in response to reports of spying by Australia.
On Sunday, a group calling itself Anonymous Indonesia published on Twitter a list of Australian sites it had hacked.
The websites, which are defaced with a message reading “Stop Spying on Indonesia,” are mostly owned by small Australian businesses.
On Friday, Indonesia summoned Australia’s ambassador over the existence and use of surveillance facilities in the Australian embassy in Jakarta.
Indonesia also summoned the US ambassador to Jakarta over a similar issue in October.
On Thursday, China asked for Washington’s explanation after the Australian daily Sydney Morning Herald revealed that Australian embassies in Asia have been employed to carry out the US spy operations.
The newspaper said that its reports were based on information from American whistleblower Edward Snowden and a former Australian intelligence officer.
Reports regarding Australia’s role in a US-led global spying network could harm ties between Australia and Indonesia.
The Indonesian Foreign Ministry said in a Friday statement the reported activities absolutely do not show the spirit of “a close and friendly relationship between the two neighbors and are considered unacceptable by the government of Indonesia.”
Concerns over the US spying activities rose after Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, leaked two top secret US government spying programs under which the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.