AAPT customers hacked over new law

INTERNET service provider AAPT has confirmed hackers have stolen customer data in a protest against proposed laws which would allow people's web histories to be stored.

AAPT CEO David Yuile told Fairfax Media the security incident occurred at 9:30pm on Wednesday. He says the ISP is investigating the breach and will contact affected customers.

Hackers say the attack is a protest against a data retention proposal to force ISPs to store every Australian's web history for up to two years.

The proposal is being considered by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, but internet freedom advocates argue it could expose Australians to numerous privacy risks.

Two people claiming to be part of the Anonymous group have spoken to the ABC, saying the hack is part of an operation in protest of the proposed legislation.

Read more at ABC news online.

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