The following article has been posted in the Sydney Morning Herald:
The Australian Federal Police and the Reserve Bank have been victims of apparent cyber attacks.
A spokeswoman from the federal police said the website was still operating when staff left work on Wednesday evening but noticed that it had gone down early on Thursday morning. The website appeared to have been restored by 8.15am.
The department is unaware of the exact time the site went down.
“The AFP takes any attack on its, or any other government website very seriously,” the spokeswoman said.
“Individuals who become involved in these types of cyber attacks need to be aware that they are committing a criminal offence.”
The federal police said the attack did not affect its IT systems and that no sensitive information is hosted on its website.
The Australian Reserve Bank website was also targeted. A spokeswoman said that it had been the subject of a denial of service attack since midnight on Tuesday, but its systems ensured the site did not go down.
"We've got denial of service protection for our website, which has been working effectively. We've had no outage on the website at all and all our systems are secure," she said.
A member of the activist-hacking group Anonymous Indonesia has reportedly claimed responsibility for the cyber attacks.
The attacks come following reports a cyber battle has been intensifying between Australia and Indonesia following spying revelations on Indonesian officials.
“If there's a full-scale cyber war [between the countries], then we will suffer more since our cyber security is still weak compared to the Australians',” Gatot Dewobroto, the spokesman for Indonesia's Communication and Information Technology Ministry, told The Jakarta Post.
According to Indonesian media, a hacking group, which was referred to as "Anon Australia" claimed to have attacked the Garuda Indonesia website in retaliation for the hacking of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service website between November 8 and 11.
“Clearly someone is trying to frame us to start trouble,” Anonymous Australia said in its statement on pastebin.com last week.
smh.com.au 21 Nov 2013