It's no secret that we here at PALGN have been quite vocal about the current controversy surrounding videogame ratings and censorship in Australia, but last night internet hackers voiced their opinion as well, changing the welcoming message on the the Australian Classification Board website.
The website, which includes classification policy information, had its main page message changed by the hackers in certain ways to create a rather interesting paragraph:
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, to PROTECT THE CHILDREN. All opposers must HATE CHILDREN, and therefore must be KILLED WITH A LARGE MELONS during the PROSECUTION PARTIES IN SEPTEMBER. Come join our ALIEN SPACE PARTY.
While there seems to be no clear indication of when the attack began, Gamespot reports that it appears to have occurred shortly after last nightâ€™s ABC Q&A programme which featured Minister for Communications Stephen Conroy discussing proposed mandatory internet filtering, lending to believe this, along with the current game rating debate, may be the reason for the attack.
Gamespot was also told by a Classification Board spokesperson that they were still investigating into the act, with the website having been taken offline temporarily.