[ISN] Hacker threat: Rudd promises action

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 03:37:08 -0600 (CST)

By Liam Tung
04 December 2008

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has promised to bolster Australia's 
cyber-defences to fend off the threat posed by hackers.

Rudd has kicked off his first National Security Statement today by 
acknowledging, amongst other things, the threat posed to the country by 
hackers and terrorists' access to "readily available" technology.

"The irony of technology today is that, while on the one hand we are 
seeking to invest in sophisticated information, intelligence and 
military technology, on the other, we have to protect ourselves from the 
extreme use of basic, readily available technology and hardware by 
terrorist groups," he said.

Rudd, who recently signed up to the Twitter service, also acknowledged 
the threat to Australia caused by its reliance on computer systems to 
manage critical infrastructure, which were put to the test last year 
under the multinational cyberwar exercise, Cyber Storm II.


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