Anonymous NZ attack on National Party sites good news for John Key, GCSB Bill supporters
3News reports Anonymous NZ attacked 13 National Party-related websites overnight, substituting their content with a video attacking the GCSB Bill (a still from it is pictured. You can see the whole thing - minus the pixelation over the F word - on 3's site here).
As I type early Tuesday morning, the sites, including JohnKey.co.nz, are no longer displaying the video, but are offline.
The attack will merely make the internet look more scary and out-of-control to the average person, helping the GCSB Bill's progress. A poor result. Or, who knows, maybe the result somebody wanted.
Judith Collins' comment today that Anonymous has shown how easy it would be to hack a bank account is off-beam.
John Key and other National MPs had personal sites taken over by Anonymous. Their hosts likely didn't have a lot of security - and neither was it hugely necessary. They don't contain any sensitive data; they're essentially just brochure sites (and they were obviously backed up as they're now back online).
Banks, by contrast, have spent millions on industrial strength security. That's not to say no one will ever hack them, but it would be orders of magnitude harder.
So: a day of own-goals.
So anti-GSCB hackers have closed down Government MPs websites proving what they could do to people's bank accounts.— Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) July 29, 2013
Protestors wearing Anonymous' signature V for Vendetta masks during an anti GCSB Bill march up Auckland's Queen St on Saturday. They numbered three of around 2000 (Chris Keall).