blog NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley has conducted a fiery interview with ABC Radio where he takes an axe to some of the more flagrant articles published this week after the arrest of an alleged intruder into the systems of planned NBN customer Platform Networks. Says a clearly angry Quigley (it’s worth listening to the full interview):
“I’d like to be absolutely clear about this hacking incident that took place with Platform Networks and I’d like to respond to what is a bunch of provocative headlines that I’ve seen over the last 24 hours. Headlines such as “Self taught hacker charged over NBN attack” which came from the ABC or “NBN hack charges” from The Daily Telegraph, or “More arrests to come over NBN hacking” which was in The Australian. Or even as I saw this morning, Sky News and the “NBN hacking scandal”.
I want to be very clear if I can with you listeners; the NBN was not hacked. It has not been compromised. It hasn’t been placed at risks and our security hasn’t been breached. So each one of these headlines is wrong.”
Quigley argues that either an organisation has been hacked or it hasn’t been hacked — and in this case, no NBN Co assets have been touched. And the NBN chief also reserved a parting shot for Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said the alleged hacker had been able to map much of the NBN’s existing infrastructure. “That statement is factually incorrect. Our network was not mapped,” said Quigley.
The full interview is worth a read. For what it’s worth, we can’t agree more. As we wrote yesterday, we’ve been embarassed by the poor reporting on this issue this week, and Quigley is quite right to stand NBN Co’s ground in the face of such overwhelming nonsense emanating from some elements of the press and the Opposition.
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