Hacks hacking claim pants

Yesterday we reported how the Aussie government had accused the hacks from the Sydney Morning Herald of hacking its systems to get a top secret transport report.

The claim was that the hacks used a denial of service attack to bring down the server to obtain the documents. The hacks laughed it off saying that they barely knew how to turn on their computer and one of them still thinks that a fountain pen is cutting edge technology.

Now the government contractors who built the site have put their hands up and admitted that the site was wide open and required no hacking to access the documents.

The Government-hired consultants Bang the Table admitted that parts of its site could be accessed by anyone who was interested in an early look at the Government’s transport blueprint.

Matthew Crozier, a Bang the Table director said that areas of the site were temporarily accessible by the use of internal web page addresses.

He said that this was a matter of “significant embarrassment to us…while security was in place on the front page of the site, clearly it was not sufficient to prevent the internal content being accessed.”

Contrast this with a statement follows remarks from Transport Minister David Campbell in parliament that a Sydney newspaper, the Herald, had done the equivalent of “pick the lock off a secure office and take highly confidential documents”.

The question is why did Campbell claim that the site had been hacked and why did he accuse two of Australia’s finest journalists of being hackers?

Campbell is still telling the world+dog that there was “a sustained and automated attempt … by unknown persons to break the security of the Shape Your State website, prior to its public release.”

He has referred the matter to the local plod, but we would have thought the hacks he accused of a criminal offence would have have a good case for a defamation suit.