Australia acts on hacking threat – NEWS.com.au
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the outgoing Obama administration “had fussily tried to undermine the normal relations between Russia and US” during its last days in office, speaking alongside his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto in Moscow, Monday. Lavrov’s comments come after former US President Barack Obama signed orders for the expulsion of a series of Russian diplomats and prominent Russian figures from the US just before leaving office. Obama also approved the deployment of some 4,000 US soldiers as well as thousands of units of heavy military equipment to the former Soviet bloc, including tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, before stepping down on January 20. The arrival of the troops and the order against Russian in officials residing in the States came during a spat between the Democratic Party and Moscow over allegations of Russian hacking into the US presidential elections. Moscow has refuted the claims. Lavrov also commented on the inter-Syrian peace talks currently taking place in Astana, which Russia, alongside Turkey and Iran, helped broker.
AUSTRALIA’S political leaders will be briefed on the threat of cybersecurity attacks — and how to protect against them — after hacking claims rocked the US election.
The Prime Minister has taken the unprecedented step of asking intelligence agency the Australian Signals Directorate to brief all political party bosses when parliament resumes on the threats they are facing and how to protect against them.
Last week it was reported Christian Porter, Chris Bowen and Cory Bernardi were among the victims of a internet security breach.
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Cyber Security Dan Tehan says cyber security will be at the forefront of the Turnbull Government’s national security agenda this year.
Mr Tehan and Mr Turnbull will attend a high-level briefing today ahead of the classified briefing that will be offered to the leaders of the Australian Labor Party, the Greens, Pauline Hanson and Nick Xenophon in coming weeks, The Australian reports.
“We have to make sure we’re protecting our democracy, that’s what this is about,” Mr Tehan told 2GB radio this morning.
“The Prime Minister is going to make sure all political parties, all political organisations are aware of the threat, so that they can do what they need to do to protect themselves to make sure our democracy continues to function unhindered by the influence of outside actors.”
Allegations that Russian hackers had leaked private emails from members of the Democratic Party to influence the US Presidential elections had prompted the Prime Minister to ask intelligence agencies to hold the briefings.
“The danger here is that the technology changes so rapidly and so quickly that you always have to be changing what you’re doing to protect yourself,” Mr Tehan said.
“As soon as you stand still in this area you’re going backwards.
“We’ve got to make sure we continue to evolve with the technological changes.”
Cyber security will also be included in bilateral security talks with Indonesia for the first time when Mr Tehan, Attorney-General George Brandis and Justice Minister Michael Keenan meet with Indonesian officials early next month.