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Hackers hit Australian PM with porn attack

Kathy Marks in Sydney

Published 11/02/2010 | 05:00

AUSTRALIA IS poised to introduce some of the most severe internet restrictions in the democratic world -- and the hackers don't like it. Yesterday, they shut down government websites in co-ordinated attacks and plastered the prime minister's home page with pornography.

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Kevin Rudd's site became the home, temporarily, of 'Operation Titstorm' and the parliamentary website was crippled for almost an hour.

Among the ministries affected was the communications department, which is pressing for a compulsory internet filter to combat pornography and other 'offensive' content.

Although the Australian government knew about the planned assault last Friday, it was powerless to prevent it.

The federal government plans to introduce a mandatory filtering system by early 2011. It would block a list of banned websites featuring obscene and criminal-related material.

Critics fear it could lead to censorship by over-zealous officials. However, polls show that the Australian public supports the restrictions. One, conducted this week, showed 80pc support for an internet filter. (© Independent News Service).

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