Indonesian Government Website Hacked Over Porn Ban

According to a government official, hackers have defaced the Web site of Indonesia's information ministry in response to a government move to restrict access to pornographic material on the Internet. On Tuesday, Indonesia's parliament had passed a new information bill that criminalises the transmission of pornographic material on the Web. Under the law, anyone found guilty of transmitting pornographic material, false news or racial and religious hate messages on the Internet could face up to six years in prison or a fine of 1 billion rupiah ($109,000).

In response, hackers posted a message two days later on the information ministry's Web site (http://www.depkominfo.go.id) saying: "Prove that the law has not been made to cover government stupidity." The message was accompanied by a mocked-up photograph of a local information technology expert, who has been advising the government on the new law, depicted with a bare chest. The message has been removed and the Web site was now running normally, said Gatot Broto, an official at the ministry.

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To me this is about restricting the only free thing we have, the growth of the internet. You pay to access it, but you don't pay to watch the internet evolve into the beast it will be someday.

Yeah... Considering that a vast majority of websites out there host the good stuff, you're not gonna want to block it off.

In response, hackers posted a message two days later on the information ministry's Web site
That showed 'em! Governments all around the world must be running scared right now...

I find the headline of this story slightly misleading. I'm sure the hackers don't give a flying f**k about the porn ban. This is an issue of free speech... False News stories....hmmm, and who decides which stories are "false"? Oh right. The Gorvernment....

I agree with you. This sentence is the reason:

Under the law, anyone found guilty of transmitting pornographic material, false news or racial and religious hate messages on the Internet could face up to six years in prison or a fine of 1 billion rupiah ($109,000).

False news? That could mean anything.
Racial and religious hate messages? Again, that could mean anything.

Indonesia needs to work on its human rights man, as a conservative it's disturbing to learn that there is not the legal precedent within this country to prevent such corrupt government action as restricting 'false news'. This is by definition the most elastic restriction on freedom of speech as I have seen yet.

this reminds me of a quote of Dr Cox I saw in Scrubs, "if all the porn was removed from the internet there would be only one site left and it would be called 'bring back the porn'"