Australia announces new military cyber division

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June 30, 2017 08:04

Australian Minister announces new cyber threat division

Australian Minister announces new cyber threat division


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Australia has created its first military cyber division and expanded the remit of one an intelligence agency, a government minister said on Friday, as the country goes on the hacking offensive against foreign enemies.

Dan Tehan, the minister assisting the Turnbull government on cyber affairs, told reporters in Melbourne that the military's new Information Warfare Division will be able to target foreign enemies such as Islamic State, and assist in protecting the armed forces from cyber attacks.

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The expanded remit of the government's Australian Signals Directorate means the agency will now be able to target offshore criminals.

Australia has largely escaped significant damage from the wave of global cyber attacks - most notably Wannacry, which disrupted Britain's health system and infected computers in nearly 100 countries on in May -- but Tehan said the global impact of such cyber attacks demonstrates the need to take the fight to the foreign hackers themselves.

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