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Hi-tech crime centre prepares national defence against hackers

THE Australian Hi-Tech Crime Centre is ready and waiting for hackers who attack major government agencies such as Centrelink. The centre, which involves the Australian Defence Force, ASIO, the Federal Police and state and territory police forces, is developing a national approach to “serious, complex and multi-jurisdictional hi-tech crime”. The AHTCC board includes representatives of all Australian police forces, and an observer from New Zealand. South Australian Police Commissioner Mal Hyde heads the board, and federal agent Alastair MacGibbon is the centre’s director. The federal response plan for e-security incidents, developed from the 2001 Electronic Crime Strategy, would enlist the Defence Signals Directorate and ASIO to repel an attack. Using a hack on Centrelink as an example, a spokeswoman for the Attorney-General’s Department, responsible for critical infrastructure, said the AHTCC would lead any criminal investigation. Centrelink holds one of Australia’s largest private information databases and an attack could disrupt payments and lead to theft of personal information and loss of records. Full Story

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