Media Release from Chief Ministers Office
1 November 2005
SABOTAGE OF CHIEF MINISTERâ€™S WEBSITE
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate sabotage of his website, on which the draft anti-terrorism legislation and associated pieces of legal advice had been posted.
The sabotage was first noticed this morning. Those attempting to access the site are diverted to a page reading â€œFatal Error was here ohh yeahh let’s go! irc.gigachat.net #Ferrorâ€.
Mr Stanhope said he had no idea who was behind the sabotage but was deeply troubled that it had occurred at a time when interest in the draft anti-terror laws was at its public height.
â€œThe ACT Governmentâ€™s IT service provider, InTACT, is working to restore access to the site as soon as possible,â€ Mr Stanhope said this afternoon.
â€œI am keen to post a new piece of advice I have received today in relation to the latest draft of the Federal Governmentâ€™s draft Bill and I want the people of the ACT and the broader Australian community to have easy access to this new contribution to the debate.
â€I have asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate this serious and most undemocratic attack on my capacity to consult and communicate with the people of Canberra.â€
UPDATE: ACT Govt IT provider, InTACT, has passed around that the hacking and redirecting of Jon Stanhope’s website yesterday has nothing to do with them as the Chief Ministers website is a political website and not a “government” website and therefore not hosted by InTACT but rather by a privately owned local ISP.