Jakarta — The hacking activist group Anonymous Indonesia said Monday that it attacked over 170 Australian websites to protest reports that Canberra has been spying on Indonesia.
On Twitter, Anonymous Indonesia posted a list of over 100 Australian websites it said it had hacked. Most of them seem to be small businesses.
On the sites, the message “Stop spying on Indonesia” appeared with an image of a Guy Fawkes silhouette on the Indonesia and Australia flags, according to reports.
Members of the international hacking collective Anonymous wear Guy Fawkes masks when demonstrating in public or in online videos.
Last Friday, Indonesia summoned the Australian ambassador in response to reports that its Jakarta embassy was used as part of a United States-led spying operation.
The reports were based on documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden from the U.S. National Security Agency.
The news caused anger in Indonesia, a key ally and trading partner of Australia.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said Monday: “Enough is enough”.
“While [the US and Australia] are not able to confirm or deny past activities, at least they should be able, and I’m making a public expectation here, I think they should be able to say henceforth they are not going to do it anymore,” he said.
He added, “In the absence of assurances that such [spying] activities never took place, then of course we must assume that such activities are taking place, and draw our own conclusion in terms of their view of Indonesia as a partner,” said reports.