Hack attacks–a public embarrassment?
A 17-year-old Queensland youth was arrested last week on charges relating to a security breach at a “prominent” internet service provider (ISP). ZDNet Australia spoke to the director of the recently established Australian High Tech Crime Centre (AHTCC), federal agent Alastair MacGibbon, about the arrest, and found out why letting the world know you’ve been hacked isn’t necessarily a public relations disaster. If there’s one thing MacGibbon wants known, it’s that the AHTCC wants more companies to come forward when they’ve been the victim of a computer crime. “It’s heartening to see how the victim reacted in this case,” he said. “We understand that the vast bulk of these crimes aren’t reported to us and we are in the process of encouraging industry to report matters to us.” Many companies fear the negative publicity that comes with acknowledging that data has been unlawfully accessed, he said. However MacGibbon argues that companies should not hesitate to report these crimes because trying to sweep incidents under the carpet may backfire. “It’s a small industry… people find out,” he explained. Full Story