Luddite hacks at the Sydney Morning Herald have been accused of cracking into government servers and stealing documents.
Transport Minister Dave Campbell said that the Herald engaged in high level cyber-crime to get their paws on the government’s transport blueprint.
Like many on the Labor Party front bench, Campbell has a slight problem with technology. His party is currently trying to censor the Internet over fears that it might be drowning Australia with images of small breasts.
He claimed the the Herald hacks “picked the lock off a secure office and take highly confidential documents”. He added that the smart hacks at the SMH had “walloped” firewall with 3727 hits from four different IP addresses. Gosh, what a lot of hits no wonder the site fell over and revealed its secrets.
He had referred the matter to the police, who he fully expects to pop around and arrest the evil hackers.
Matthew Moore who is the alleged hacker said that news that he is a technical whizz will be news to his help desk.He is not a techy and claims he has a learning disability in that area.
Basically, Moore got a tip that you could read the government’s transport plan by accessing a website called, unsurprisingingly, nswtransportblueprint.com.au.
He typed in the address. There was no password and the government website just handed the data over.
“With the mouse and the control P (print) command, we had our story,” he said. “A monkey could have ‘hacked’ that site.”
So rather than calling Luddite journalist a hacker the government might like to look at its security. Perhaps the reason that Campbell needs to play up the evil journalist hacker threat is that the whole thing does not bode well for the Aussie government’s claims that its planned filtering technology will not bugger up the Internet down under.
After all if they can’t password protect top secret government documents at their website they are not going to be able to do something as elaborate as a filtering operation.