In Australia, where massive cyber attacks have hit private health insurance company Medibank and before that the Optus phone network in recent weeks, millions of personal data have been stolen and published on the dark web – from passports and license numbers to medical data. Sensitive – The government has launched in Canberra an operational group between the Federal Police and the intelligence services of the Australian Signals Directorate, to detect and stop attacks, as far as possible in advance.
Home Secretary Claire O’Neill and Judge Mark Dreyfus said the new task force would work with international partners, including the FBI and Interpol. After Federal Police Commissioner Reese Kershaw confirmed on Friday that the hacking group called Revil (which attacked Medibank and Optus) is based primarily in Russia.
“We know where the attacks come from, we know who is responsible and we argue that they should be held accountable,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said before leaving for the APEC summit in Cambodia. “The nation from which these disgusting attacks and the dissemination of information, even private ones, must respond,” he added. Justice Minister Dreyfus did not comment on who was carrying out the attacks, but said it was a “highly organized criminal gang located in Russia”.
Although he preferred to maintain the status quo in relations with Moscow, he did not rule out the expulsion of Russian diplomats. “The government is carefully assessing Russia’s diplomatic image in Australia and all options are under constant scrutiny,” he said.
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