By Karen Dearne
December 01, 2009
The new computer emergency response team, CERT Australia, will expect
internet service providers to be more active in cleaning up infected
computers operating on their networks.
Following the federal government's e-security review last year, the
Internet Industry Association has been hammering out a voluntary ISP
code of practice aimed at identifying botnet activity and alerting
customers to security breaches.
Attorney-General's Department national security resiliency division head
Mike Rothery said CERT Australia would be a two-way clearing house for
notifications from local and international authorities, with
responsibility for tracking down compromised machines in Australian
"We'll be establishing relationships with our CERT counterparts so that
if we identify (attacks coming from) compromised machines overseas, we
can ask those authorities to trace the actual owners and seek that those
be cleaned up," Mr Rothery said.
"Where identified machines appear to be in Australia -- and the
notification may come from overseas or from a local ISP or web hosting
company -- we will track down the owners through their ISP or web host
and tell them their machines have been compromised.
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