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Australia's Spy Agency Stands Up Cyber Espionage Team

Australia's Spy Agency Stands Up Cyber Espionage Team - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Image: Melanie Gamarra
Australia's Spy Agency Stands Up Cyber Espionage Team - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Image: Melanie Gamarra

Australia’s intelligence agency, ASIO, has created a unit to handle cyber attacks on security and business computer systems by foreign enemies, according to The Australian.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland detailed the government’s worries about the cyber threat in a speech yesterday, saying the explosion of cyberspace has expanded infinitely the opportunities for the covert pilfering of information by state and non-state actors.

“As these attacks can be staged from anywhere in the world, they can infiltrate the control systems of critical infrastructure, be activated remotely, causing damage and mayhem to our technology-dependent lives,” he said.

Known as the cyber espionage branch, the unit was created in the past nine months and is believed to be under the control of the ASIO’s counterespionage and interference division, The Age said.

The Australian said ASIO has confirmed that adversarial intelligence services have used the Internet to steal classified  government and business information, and ASIO Director-General David Irvine has described cyber espionage as a rapidly growing threat, according to The Australian.

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