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Fitzgibbon stays mum on security accessing of computer




Fitzgibbon stays mum on security accessing of computer
Fitzgibbon stays mum on security accessing of computer



http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/fitzgibbon-stays-mum-on-security-accessing-of-computer-20090402-9l5j.html 

By Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie
Brisbane Times
April 2, 2009

DEFENCE Minister Joel Fitzgibbon and his department are refusing to 
disclose whether the Defence Signals Directorate has ever accessed the 
minister's computer to protect it against hackers.

Their silence comes amid an investigation by the Inspector-General of 
Intelligence and Security, Ian Carnell, into allegations that DSD 
officers improperly accessed Mr Fitzgibbon's computer as part of a 
covert inquiry into his relationship with Chinese-Australian 
businesswoman Helen Liu.

Former foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer has said it was routine 
for DSD to access senior ministers' computers to set up secure 
communications systems to stop potential hackers, which include the 
intelligence agencies of other countries such as China.

"I don't doubt for a minute, with the current Defence Minister, that DSD 
would be working to make sure that his laptop couldn't be penetrated," 
Mr Downer told ABC TV last week.

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