In 2020, Australian state governments were forced to implement unpopular measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. This is particularly true for Victoria where the restrictions and strict lockdown rules angered many residents and business owners who called for protests. Demonstrations and group gatherings were banned under Melbourne’s Stage 4 restrictions, meaning protest attendees face potential arrests and criminal prosecution. This, combined with a real risk of catching COVID-19, has driven the number of protesters down significantly. With the combination of a crisis situation, unpopular policies, and a lengthy physical lockdown, perfect conditions for hacktivism have thrived. In the second half of 2020, global hacktivist activity consisted primarily of website defacement and online defamation campaigns coordinated by opportunistic groups with relatively low, albeit increasing levels of capability.