Opponents of the Australian government's web filtering project have criticised the hacking of a federal website.

Just before Senator Stephen Conroy was due to go on television to defend the government's trial of internet filtering, the website for the National Classification Board was hacked.


A hacker replaced content on the site, stating: “This site contains information about the boards that have the right to control your freedomz. The Classification Board has the right to not just classify content (the name is an elaborate trick), but also the right to decide what is and isnt appropriate and ban content from the public. We are part of an elaborate deception from China to control and sheepify the nation.”



However a critic of the web filtering project, Mike Meloni, author of anti-censorship blog Somebody Think of the Children, claimed that he condemned the attack. He said: “Hacking a website does nothing to bring about social change.


“Those who believe it does are mistaken. These attacks can potentially damage the hard work done by those campaigning to reduce censorship.”