Hackers cause ASX outage

Hackers penetrated the ASX Website on Saturday night causing an outage of four hours and the Federal government says it may be powerless to penalise the culprits.

An ASX spokesperson said the anonymous intruder, nicknamed "Prosthetic", broke into the exchange's public information Website around 7pm on Saturday night. The intruder was on the site for 30 minutes, leaving it littered with banner messages reading "Prosthetic owns the ASX".

The spokesperson said the hacker did not interfere with any share figures or trading systems, and did not cause any major disruption to the exchange "apart from ruining our Saturday night."

The ASX took down the public information Website down at 7:30pm, removed the banner messages, and restored it just after 11pm, the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said investigations were underway to locate the source of the attack. However, the spokesperson said the ASX was unsure of what crime the hacker would be charged with if apprehended.

A spokesperson for Senator Vanstone, Federal Minister for Justice and Customs, said no existing federal laws prohibited hacking crimes of this type.

Senator Vanstone released the "Model Criminal Code Discussion Paper" two weeks ago, a document which suggested crimes conducted via the Internet incur the same punitive charges as conventional crimes.

However, the Model Criminal Code officers' committee, the Commonwealth and State Advisory Board which produced the paper, said it would receive feedback on the paper from Australian legal bodies until the end of March 2000. The second draft of the paper would be sent to Federal Government bodies "by the end of the year", with Federal anti-hacking and other internet legislation likely to be finalised in parliament early next year.

The government spokesperson said it was not possible to speculate as which offence the ASX hacker might be charged with, or convicted of, under the new legislation.

"It depends on the intent of the attack. If the intent was sabotage, than it would be treated as sabotage," the spokesperson said.

The ASX expects site traffic, which tripled in the last month with the addition of real live company and shareprice information, will not be affected by reports of the hack.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Byron Kaye

PC World
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?