blog Prime Minister Julia Gillard has spent much of yesterday and today talking about the massive threat that so-called “cyber-security” attacks pose to Australia, and highlighting how the Federal Government is throwing billions of dollars at the situation. But is the “cyber” threat really that imminent and dangerous? No, according to Crikey correspondent Bernard Keane. Keane has published an extensive, highly referenced article debunking eleven recent “cyber” attacks. A sample par (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“… it pays to be sceptical whenever politicians, commentators or companies talk about the massive threat cyber warfare poses. To help, Crikey has compiled a reading guide to some of the claims made both about cyber warfare and cybersecurity generally, and to some of the specific incidents that are used by advocates of “cybersecurity” …”
We don’t always agree with everything Keane writes, but we think he’s nailed it in this article. There is no doubt that attention needs to be placed on the IT security of Australia’s critical infrastructure, and that governments and corporations all around Australia should be doing a better job of securing their IT systems. However it’s very unlikely that Australia is on the verge of a hugely dangerous “cyber” attack. Calm down, people. The “cyber” sky isn’t falling.