Jakarta — An Anonymous Indonesia hacker claimed responsibility for cyber attacks on Australian police and central bank websites, demanding an apology from Australia for the ongoing spying row between the two countries.
Aussie officials called the attacks “irresponsible”, and said the hacker could face prosecution.
The federal police also said, “These attacks…will not influence government policy,” in a statement.
“Activities such as hacking, creating or propagating malicious viruses are not harmless fun. They can result in serious long-term consequences for individuals, such as criminal convictions or jail time,” the statement warned.
The spying row was sparked by documents leaked by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden which revealed Australia had tried to tap the phones of the Indonesian president, his wife, and ministers.
The cyber attacks came two weeks after the activist group Anonymous Indonesia claimed responsibility for defacing over 170 Australian websites to protest reports of Australia spying on Indonesia.
The hacker said the latest attacks on the police and central banks sites were due to the acts of spying by Australia.
The hacker warned, “We’re going to strike again (unless) Australia apologises to the people of Indonesia,” according to reports.
Anonymous is widely believed to be a loosely organized international collective that conducts online attacks.