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Victorian Human Rights Commission’s site hacked

VEOHRC site hacked
The commission's website has been down for several hours.
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Victoria’s Human Rights Commission website has been taken hostage, apparently by an international hacking group.

The Guardian Australia has an image of the website overlaid by a message purporting to be from “Anonymous”, that says: “AnonPlus puts offline sites that actively contribute to the control of the masses from the corrupt”.

That message has since been replaced by another saying the site is temporarily down and the commission was working to get its site back online as soon as possible.

The commission said in a statement on Tueday that it is aware of the breach but “the reason behind today’s activity is unknown” – adding no personal data had been compromised.

John Pesutto, Victoria’s shadow attorney-general, says it is concerning the website may have been hacked given longstanding requirements on public sector bodies to maintain safeguards against cyber attacks.

“If this kind of hacking can occur with such ease, then how many other Victorian government agencies are susceptible to cyber attacks,” he said in a statement to AAP.

If it was hacking, Premier Daniel Andrews must ensure a thorough, independent investigation so Victorians feel confident no further cyber attacks occured at any Victorian agency, he said.