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By Nicola Berkovic
January 15, 2010
DEFENCE department computers sustained about 2400 cyber attacks last
year, Defence Minister John Faulkner revealed today.
Launching a new cyber warfare centre in Canberra, Senator Faulkner
outlined the scale of electronic attacks against government operations.
He said Defence investigated about 200 =E2=80=9Celectronic security incidents=E2=80=9D a
month last year involving its own computers and networks.
Defence also responded to about 220 cyber attacks against other areas of
the Australian government last year.
Warning there was a =E2=80=9Cdark side=E2=80=9D to technology, Senator Faulkner said the
new Cyber Security Operations Centre was a significant part of the
government's response to cyber threats.
=E2=80=9CThe internet is not only a tool in this battle - cyberspace is a
battlefield itself,=E2=80=9D he said.
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