Home Affairs boss orders govt-wide sweep for threats

Home Affairs boss orders govt-wide sweep for threats
Melissa, this is a quite unusual directive that's been issued by the Home Affairs Secretary, Stephanie Foster. The AB CS revealed today that late last week, the secretary used a rarely used power, but one that is binding on all government agencies and entities in the Commonwealth. So almost 200 of them, to compel them to conduct an audit of all their technology. A stock take if you like. And to start to identify where some vulnerabilities may be in Internet connected devices and networks. So this is quite a large operation that's been ordered. Stephanie Foster has instructed that all the agencies must be doing this by this time next year. And essentially it's going to try to find where there are vulnerabilities in government systems and networks and. Try to then mitigate them. But this is, as I say, a very unusual step and one that's we believe only been taken once before, and that was last year when the government banned the Chinese app TikTok from Commonwealth issued devices. And tell us about the latest public attribution against the Chinese government on cyber hacking. Yeah, it's perhaps not. Entirely unusual that the Australian government does public attributions calling out. Chinese state sponsored hackers and cyber criminals. Well, this time it's gone a little bit further. Australia has LED a diplomatic push this time managing to convince Japan and Korea, as well as Germany and the Five Eyes intelligence partners that Australia regularly works with in calling out a well known and notorious group called. APT40. They're linked to Chinese Ministry of State Security. And regularly are blamed for large scale hacking operations. In this latest statement led by the Australian Signals Directorate, there is suggestions that APT 40 has managed to compromise hundreds of passwords and usernames, again going for vulnerable devices in business and government networks to gain access to sensitive networks and to then compromise data. So the Australian Government has LED this attribution. Interestingly, it's come shortly after the visit to Australia by the Chinese Premier.
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