Thursday, July 16, 2009

Royal Australian Air Force Website Defaced

An (alleged) Indian hacker broke into the Royal Australian Air Force website and defaced it with a threatening message aimed at the Australian Government. A spate of recent attacks on Indian students has attracted widespread news coverage and public condemnation in India. Many blame the Australian Government, despite Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's assurances that the incidents were being thoroughly investigated.

The Department of Defence confirmed that the hack took place between Monday and Tuesday, forcing it to pull the entire RAAF website offline and replace it with a page explaining that there had been "technical difficulties". The site has now been restored.

Defence would not say who it believed perpetrated the attack, how the hack took place or what the message said, but national Indian news service reported the message warned the Government to stop attacks on Indian students or else face further cyber attacks.

The message read: "This site has been hacked by Atul Dwivedi. This is a warning message to the Australian government. Immediately take all measures to stop racist attacks against Indian students in Australia or else I will pawn all your cyber properties like this one."