Defence repelled 2400 cyber attacks in 2009

Defence repelled 2400 cyber attacks in 2009
Defence repelled 2400 cyber attacks in 2009

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By Nicola Berkovic
The Australian
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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