Australian police websites hit by Indonesian hackers in retaliation to government surveillance

Australia's Crime Stoppers website has been targeted by Indonesian hackers claiming to be motivated by revelations that the Indonesian president's phone was monitored by Australian intelligence agencies.

The attack was carried out by the BlackSinChan, a collective of Indonesian hackers unaffiliated with Anonymous. In a statement released by the group last Friday, they claimed the attacks were "payback for spying" on Indonesia.

"Greetings World, We Are BlackSinchan," the statement said. "We now have much database from one of your police gov Site! But today we only release some email and pass only! This is a warn for Australian goverment!"

The information released by the group included 25 government and police email addresses, together with the encrypted passwords.

"We Love Australia, We Love our Country! But stop spying at my country! This is for payback... We will be back," the statement concluded.

Last month it was claimed that Australia was being used as a "listening post" by the American National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor the Asia Pacific region. Within a week, over 170 websites of Australian businesses were attacked by a group calling itself "Anonymous Indonesia".

A spokesperson for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) told Australian broadcaster ABC that, "all information on the AFP website is publically available. No sensitive information is hosted on the AFP website".

Despite this, AFP Commissioner Tony Negus said that the AFP was taking the attack very seriously and is currently investigating.

"We have had an attack on the open source website, not connected to secret networks, but there has been an attempt on our website this morning which is being dealt with," Negus told reporters. "I am not sure who is the perpetrator, but we are investigating that."

The president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has since offered to restore diplomatic relations with Australia, proposing a bilateral code of ethics on intelligence sharing to be agreed upon with Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.