New Zealand to Fight Cyber Terrorists, Hacktivists

Steven Joyce

The government in New Zealand has launched an initiative to stop cyber crime, espionage, online terrorist recruitment and even hacktivism, The New Zealand Herald reports.

 

Communications Minister Steven Joyce yesterday announced the cybersecurity strategy document detailing the government’s response to a “growing cyber threat.” The strategy calls for the creation of a national cybersecurity center that counters cyber attacks of federal agencies as well as develops a national cyber incident response plan and more government support for the commercial sector.

Joyce said the strategy was needed with the launch of ultra-fast broadband and growing Internet use across New Zealand, which increases vulnerability to cyber threats.

With 70 percent of adults in New Zealand  saying they have been targeted by some form of cyber crime, the strategy pays special attention to cyber crime, online espionage, hacktivism and terrorist use of the online medium as threats.

The strategy raises concerns about foreign military, intelligence services and organized criminal groups pilfering information and state secrets from government systems.

It also also points to hacktivism as a growing problem, as well as cites online recruitment and fundraising efforts by terrorist groups as particularly troubling.

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