I commented on The Wire about the recent DDoS and other attacks on the Australian Federal Police and Reserve Bank of Australia websites by Indonesian Hackers.
I noted that these are the next in a series of attacks by Indonesian-identifying individuals/groups on Australian sites. Attacks on Australian targets earlier in November by groups acting under the name of/linked to Anonymous Indonesia, were primarily aimed at easy-target small businesses (although ASIS and ASIO were also attacked). These attacks were met with anger by hackers acting under the banner of Anonymous Australia, who argued that *if* attacks were to take place, they should be against government and corporate targets, not small businesses and citizens.
The problem here is that the Internet lowers the bar for non-state actors to take unilateral action on both perceived and actual state matters. Ongoing revelations about over-reaching government surveillance of both national and foreign targets increase the likelihood of these kinds of reprisals. It is clear that while some surveillance is always likely to occur, surveillance regimes need to be far more accountable to maintain the balance between security and trust.
Listen to the interview:
Rush, J. (2013, November 21). Indonesian Hackers attack Australian targets. The Wire.
- Rintel, S. (2013, August 16). Electoral silence on digital rights from both politicians and journalists. Election 2013 media panel post. The Conversation.
- Listen to my 612 ABC Brisbane interview: Levingston, R. (2013, June 11). What do you know about PRISM? 612 ABC Brisbane.
- Brief portions of a television interview are in: Hansen, D. (2013, June 10) Spying councils? Today Tonight.
- Rintel, S. (2013, June 11). Nine reasons you should care about NSA’s PRISM surveillance. The Conversation (Online).
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