By PAUL BIBBY
The internet services of two Australian autism support organisations
have been crashed by computer hackers and a third may also have fallen
victim, raising fears of a targeted attack to coincide with autism
Austism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT), the country's autism service
provider, is losing hundreds of dollars in online donations each day
after its website was hit by hackers early on Sunday.
The hackers closed web forums, a group email service and registration
pages for events.
The codeword-restricted intranet site for the autism training
organisation Positive Partnerships was also hit.
Austism Victoria's intranet service also went down.
The first two attacks were traced to IP addresses in the United States
and experts said they appeared to be deliberate.
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