Australian govt. concern for cyberattacks

Jan. 3, 2011 at 5:33 PM

SYDNEY, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A government report to be released this month castigates Australian federal authorities for not being better prepared for cyberattacks.

According to media reports, more than 1 million computers in Australia each year are reportedly infected by viruses that can crash or hijack a Web site or network, The Australian reported Monday.

Australia's Defense Department logs more than 200 cyberattacks on its networks each month.

Strategic consultant Gary Waters and former Australian air force deputy chief John Blackburn wrote the report, which concludes that Australia has reached "a tipping point where the current trajectory of cyber responses is being rapidly outpaced by the evolving threat.

"A large part of the Australian population doesn't comprehend the scale of the growing cyberthreat nor the potential impact of that threat on personal and national wellbeing. That lack of understanding, and therefore commitment to addressing that threat, is a fundamental weakness in the individual and collective security of Australians."

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