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Indian group suspected of hacking business servers

Hackers Union of India is reportedly believed to be the mastermind of alleged hackings of several Melbourne business servers in a retaliation to the attacks against Indians here.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2010 10:34 IST

Hackers Union of India is reportedly believed to be the mastermind of alleged hackings of several Melbourne business servers in a retaliation to the attacks against Indians here.

Businesses have been locked out of their computer networks with servers encrypted and encoded, making it impossible for employees to do their work, an ABC report said, adding they were told this would happen every day until attacks on Indians in Melbourne come to an end.

The cost of lost business is estimated at over USD 1,00,000 in some cases.

"This is a group for those who are doing hacking as their prime goal to prove themselves amongst the world. I hate them who do hacking for fun. Be serious about it," a post on Hackers Union website said.

A number of members are freely identified on the site, some with photographs and email addresses.

The Victoria Police e-crimes squad is investigating the alleged hacking attacks but says it cannot comment at this stage.

University of Melbourne digital forensic specialist Andrew Lonie said hacking is becoming an increasingly common form of protest.