Crime stoppers denies damage despite theft of passwords

A TEAM of Indonesian hackers may have scored email accounts and encrypted passwords, but its key target - Crime Stoppers - believes no sensitive information was stolen and passwords have since been changed.

Among the email addresses published were those of an Australian Federal Police sergeant, top executives from Crime Stoppers and officers from New South Wales, South Australian, Tasmanian and Victoria.

It is the second assault by Indonesian cyber-warriors in the past week, with this latest blow from a group calling itself "BlackSinchan".

It follows a similar operation of Indonesian Anonymous on the websites of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Federal Police.

Both instances were apparently in response to revelations of Australia's spy program in Indonesia, which included tapping the phones of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife in 2009.

Alongside the passwords and email accounts, BlackSinchan posted the message, "This is the payback for Spying Indonesia! We Love Australia. We Love our Country! But stop spying at[sic] my country! We will be back!"

In this latest case - discovered on Friday - BlankSinchan broke through a weak point on the Crime Stoppers' national website, which then put other websites on the same server at risk

This included the Australian Institute of Criminology and the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund, both government-funded research groups.

A government source said it was "not really a threat".

"The Indonesian hacking crew are just looking for vulnerable government sites and having a crack."

APN is told the group "tampered" with the Crime Stoppers page, but the site was down for maintenance for much of Monday as experts sought to prevent further attacks.

Crime Stoppers chief executive Peter Price OAM said the not-for-profit was targeted simply because it was linked to the Federal Government.

"They're looking for a target, they're looking for something to do with law and order - they found us," he said.

"At no time was any secure data in the firewall at risk.

"As a matter of caution, we have disabled a bunch of email addresses as well some public facing parts of the website."

A spokeswoman for the AFP said none of its own information was compromised and it was now "investigating a number of recent attacks on Federal Government websites".



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