July 29, 2012 - 10:30 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - A campaign using the name and much of the iconography of activist group Anonymous has released data it hopes will embarrass the Australian government into backing away from even considering data retention laws, according to The Register.
Data has been posted to a number of file sharing sites and appears to have been released at around 2:00AM Sunday, July 29, AEST.
The Register says the data concerned is far from explosive as it lists the addresses of government agencies and foreign embassies in Australia. Some lines of data reveal the first names of individuals. Some record hobbies. A field for mobile phone numbers and phone numbers that will reach individuals in the evening is also present in many records.
The group has described the attack and its motives in a blog post and video in which the group justifies the release by describing it as a “proof of concept attack” that used “the very same methods your government uses on the Australian population.” Those methods, Anonymous or those using that name assert, could mean any data held by the Australian government could be exposed in similar ways, to the detriment of individuals' liberty and privacy.
The attack is said to have exploited a flaw in an un-patched and forgotten AAPT ColdFusion server hosted at a third party, Melbourne IT. How that represents a method Australia's government uses is not explained.
The speech accompanying the video diverges from the written text, and at around 2:25 in the video issues a threat of further action: “Do not underestimate what a nation settled by convicts can do. You must keep the people happy. Do that and there is no drama. Otherwise, you'd better expect us.”
The soundtrack to the video is spoken in a mock Australian accent that even some anons, in a chat room the Anonymous' Op_Australia twitter feed has promoted as a reliable source of information on its antipodean activities, found risible.