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Confounding cyber-criminals

Threats to society from cybercrime are bigger than ever. So what are we doing about it? While debating issues of terrorism with colleagues recently, it was suggested that the best way to cripple an Australian city would be to poison its water supply. I argued that attacking the computer systems of Australia’s banks and telecommunications companies would be far more effective and could be achieved from anywhere in the world, without the terrorists having to physically travel to Australia. Fortunately, our governments are also aware of the potential vulnerability of critical information infrastructure and are moving to shore up our defences. The challenge for Australia is that 90 percent of our essential information systems belong to private companies engaged in activities like finance, telecommunications, utilities, transport, and health services, rather than to the Government itself. This raises questions about responsibility in relation to national security and who should bear the cost. Full Story

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